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Another dengue caution

Dawn Gibson
Sunday, January 12, 2014

RISING dengue fever numbers over the past two weeks prompted the Health Ministry to issue yet another warning to the public to beware of the dengue mosquito.

This was confirmed in an Information Ministry statement issued yesterday afternoon, in which it was revealed that although no fatalities had been recorded so far, the public should be careful

Ministry spokeswoman Evlyn Mani, in an Information Ministry statement confirmed yesterday, there have not been many reported cases of severe dengue, dengue shock syndrome and dengue haemorrhage fever, but the threat still remains.

"Remove dengue mosquito breeding objects such as unused tyres, unused drums, empty tins, and coconut shells, damaged white goods such as washing machines, TVs and refrigerators and place them on the roadside for collection," she said.

According to the statement, last week the national taskforce for dengue fever met to evaluate activities in terms of health care delivery, public campaign, mobilisation and vector control activities, in a bid to put a stop to the increasing number of cases.

"The Health Ministry's Public Health Division has met with local authorities and the municipal councils within the Central Division to form effective strategies to reduce breeding sites of mosquitoes and continue spraying works," the statement read.