Be vig­i­lant against dengue – Tufton

The Star (Jamaica) - - NEWS THE WEEKEND STAR -

Min­is­ter of Health Dr Christo­pher Tufton is urg­ing pre­cau­tion against the dengue fever virus, in­clud­ing de­stroy­ing mos­quito breed­ing sites in and around the home.

He said that while there has been an “un­usu­ally high” num­ber of re­ported cases of dengue in the is­land, this is not re­mark­able for this time of the year, re­it­er­at­ing that there is no out­break of the virus.

“Right now, there is a con­cern that we have an out­break of dengue by those per­sons who do not have the data and who are un­der­stand­ably con­cerned, par­tic­u­larly if they know some­one or have a rel­a­tive or friend who is af­fected by signs or symp­toms of dengue. We can­not clas­sify the sit­u­a­tion as an out­break. We can say, how­ever, that there are cases and we need to be vig­i­lant,” he said.

To pre­vent against con­tract­ing dengue, per­sons are ad­vised to elim­i­nate mos­quito breed­ing sites by dis­card­ing items that col­lect wa­ter, like old drums; in­stalling mos­quito net­ting over the bed, wear­ing long-sleeve shirts and pants out­doors; us­ing DEET-con­tain­ing mos­quito re­pel­lent; and reg­u­larly chang­ing wa­ter in an­i­mal and pet con­tain­ers.

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