The Ministry of Health has issued a dengue fever alert, in light of the rainy season, which is known to be an active period for the aedes aegypti mosquito, which carries the virus.
Acting Chief Environmental Health Officer Claudius Prospere has urged members of the public to ensure that their yards are clean and items that harbors water are removed, in order to prevent the mosquitoes from breeding.
While the dengue fever situation here is normal in terms of the number of reported cases, the Ministry of Health said it wants to ensure that precaution is taken, to reduce chances of infection.
“The only way to achieve success in controlling dengue fever, is through a partnership between the Ministry of Health and the public,” Prospere said.
Dengue fever is a viral disease that is spread by mosquitoes. It is a problem in many tropical and subtropical parts of the world, including Africa, Asia, South America and Australia.
Estimates suggest that around 100 million cases occur each year.
Dengue fever ranges in severity from a mild flu-like illness through to a severe disease. Dengue fever can develop into the more severe forms of the illness, dengue haemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome.