Cases of Chikungunya Increase

Fogging continues as part of the fight contain the breeding of mosquitos  that can spread such diseases such as dengue and chikungunya.

Fogging continues as part of the fight contain the breeding of mosquitos
that can spread such diseases such as dengue and chikungunya.

The number of recorded cases of Chikungunya in Saint Lucia continues to rise.

Saint Lucia recorded its first case of the mosquito-borne disease in the month of March, 2014, with the first male patient from the east coast testing positive. The ministry then moved to establish protocols to deal with the disease and partnered with the Red Cross on a sensitisation and public awareness program.

This week Chief Epidemiologist Nahum Jn. Baptiste verified the new statistics for the virus via a television interview with Helen Television System. “As of yesterday, we had confirmed 12 cases of Chikungunya. In terms of distribution, we have seen the areas which have been affected are Anse La Raye, Castries, Dennery, Gros Islet and Vieux Fort,” Jn Baptiste said.

Most people infected with Chikungunya virus will develop some symptoms usually 3–7 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. The most common symptoms are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache,
muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash.

Chikungunya disease does not often result in death, but the symptoms can be severe and disabling. The Ministry of Health says that it is monitoring the situation while offering support to affected families.

 

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2 Responses to Cases of Chikungunya Increase

  1. I don’t believe in fogging. It destroys the eco system and kills beneficial insects. It also only cures the problem for a day or so until the mosquitoes return. The better solution is to get rid of excess water in ditches, drains etc. Rodney Bay, a tourist area, has a mammoth problem. The area by the Lime or across from Rituals has had water lying in a ditch for years. The odour is unbearable, each time we pass we have to cover our faces to get past. The area is such an embarrassment, have we no pride in our country. Pesticides come with another set of problems, lets clear up our sitting water.

  2. Get cracking !! Yu’ll know I have to come and jump carnival just now.

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