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Friday, July 22, 2011

Bahamas : Two Dengue fever cases confirmed

Via The Nassau Guardian :

" Two cases of Dengue fever have been confirmed in New Providence and the number of people with symptoms associated with the illness has increased sharply in recent days, Minister of Health Dr. Hubert Minnis said yesterday.

Speaking at a press conference at the Ministry of Health, Minnis said all the relevant agencies have been proactive in attempting to stem the transmission of the disease.

He said 11 possible cases are being tested and at least half could come back positive.

Dengue fever is transmitted through the bite of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito.

Department of Environmental Health officials said yesterday that fogging has already commenced throughout New Providence and some of the Family Islands in order to prevent the proliferation of mosquitoes.

Minnis said health officials treated 26 people last week suffering from symptoms associated with Dengue fever.

Those symptoms are fever, headache, chills, eye pain and generalized body and muscle aches.

The minister revealed that the number of people visiting clinics with Dengue symptoms is up to more than 40 this week.

The Ministry of Health warned yesterday that individuals should take steps to reduce mosquito breeding grounds.

Minnis said people should empty containers with standing water around their yards, dispose of garbage, use approved household insecticides and make sure windows and door screens around the house are in tact."

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