Ten confirmed cases of dengue in February

POSTED: 03/21/11 6:06 PM

St. Maarten (DCOMM) –  There were ten confirmed cases of dengue fever on the island in February – seven on the Dutch side and three on the French side. In January there were four confirmed cases; one patient died, the section Collective Preventive Services (CPS) from the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor reports. CPS asks physicians to remain alert on diagnosing the disease.

The only way to prevent dengue virus transmission is to combat the disease-carrying mosquitoes.  Reports about dengue fever in the Caribbean are prevalent, and therefore CPS is asking residents to remain vigilant in executing measures to eradicate mosquito breeding places.

Preventive actions that every household and each resident should take are: removal of debris, old tires and standing water in yards. This is usually the main breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Residents should also check for standing water in roof spouts, empty drums, buckets, jars, birdbaths, boats, plant containers, saucers, paint cans and other items that can collect water around their homes and businesses.  Covering standing water with a small amount of kerosene will prevent mosquito breeding. Getting rid of the container that holds the water is another solution.

Dengue is a mosquito-borne infection that causes a severe flu-like illness that affects infants, young children and adults, but seldom causes death.

Consultation with your physician is imperative for proper treatment and registration of the dengue fever case to ensure adequate follow-up by CPS.

For information about measures to prevent mosquito breeding or to report areas of mosquito breeding call CPS at 542-2078.

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