Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNSOURCE) — The Office of the Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health has issued a statement indicating that the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis is susceptible to a dengue outbreak.
Three laboratory-confirmed dengue cases have been reported in the last week, according to the Ministry of Health.
A list of actions individuals can take to lessen the effects and spread of dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases was included in the statement released on October 7, 2023.
People are encouraged to use personal repellents on their skin and clothes. Use bed nets if adult mosquitoes are prevalent. Wear protective clothing like long pants and long-sleeved tops; Protect your homes by using screens for doors and windows.
Protect your homes, schools, and offices by disposing of all bottles, cans, and water-holding containers in an approved refuse bin with appropriate covers. Keep the lawn, grass, and vegetation trimmed. Change and replenish water in vases daily. Change and replenish pet and animal drinking troughs daily. Store all used and new tyres in a dry place. Report any body of stagnant water to the local Environmental Health Department.
Dengue is a flu-like illness that affects infants, young children and adults. Symptoms usually
begin four to ten days after being bitten by a dengue infected mosquito. The symptoms include
high fever, headaches, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pains and skin rash. The illness can
evolve into severe Dengue, characterized by intense and continuous abdominal pain, persistent
vomiting, and mucosal bleeding. Affected persons should access medical care at the nearest
health center or hospital if these occur.
Dengue viral infection is caused by the dengue virus which is transmitted mainly by female
mosquitoes of the species – Aedes aegypti which is prevalent in the Federation.