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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tobago has 36 confirmed Dengue cases, but no deaths

Via News Day :

" There have been 36 confirmed cases of dengue in Tobago out of 507 persons screened for the infection between January to July, but no one has died of the disease on the island, Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Secretary of Health/Social Services Albert Pilgrim revealed yesterday (Monday).

The screenings were conducted at the Scarborough Hospital, health centres, and private doctors’ offices across the island, and these cases were confirmed as positive by the Public Health Laboratory in Trinidad. Pilgrim, however, reported that “most of these patients have since recovered and returned to their normal routine”.

At the same time, he noted there has been an increase in the monthly reporting of screenings, with some 207 persons screened so far for this month. Pilgrim said this was due mainly to the onset of the rainy season, as well as the increased awareness by members of the public who were coming forward to be tested at the first signs of suspected dengue fever, thus facilitating early medical treatment where necessary."

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