St Lucia records further decrease in Chikungunya cases

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St Lucia records further decrease in Chikungunya cases

St Lucia has recorded a further decrease in the total number of undifferentiated fever over the last month.

The Ministry of Health said there has been a 29 per cent decrease in the last week, which indicates a downward trend in the number of Chikungunya cases.

Bio Statistician of the Ministry of Health Phil Leon told St Lucia News Online (SNO) that the recent report of a decrease is based on effective measures being put in place, to fight not only Chikungunya, but Dengue as well.

“So our fever cases are actually on its way down, out of the outbreak epidemic range to a normalcy decrease for St Lucia,” Leon told SNO.

Leon said there have been a consistent decrease, beginning from the first quarter of September, beginning with 11 per cent and a further drop of 14 per cent in the following week.

The ministry had intensified its vector-reduction interventions, by fogging and increasing public awareness through social mobilisation in schools and churches, households too need to play their part in helping to reduce and possibly ending the spread of both mosquito borne viruses.

Meanwhile, the medical official also revealed that recent reports indicate that there has been an increase in gastroenteritis in children under five years.

“This increase is not normal and the little climb there is a little alert and we are monitoring it daily. We see an increase, but it is still in the norm,” he added.

The statistician said the increase of the food borne illness may be linked to the the current Creole celebrations being observed.

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  1. Good Morning, I returned to Canada on October 13th after 5 weeks on the island and 2 days after being home had all the symptoms of the Chickengunya, oh what an experience, major pain in the joints, fever, weakness and no energy until the fever broke this past Sunday. I agree with the majority, we no longer go to get medical advice, we just deal with it but what is the government doing to deal with it to control the mosquito's? I honestly think the illness is increasing and out of control. The tourist season is upon us let alone the locals getting the virus multiple times!!!! WTF

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  2. People have gotten use to the disease and so they do not visit to the doctors anymore, especially since they know they're just going to be given pain killers. Most people do their bush meds and move on. I do not think there has been a reduction in the number of cases. If anything, it's a reduction in the number of REPORTED cases.

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  3. What effective measures were in place to fight? all they did was give panadol. I more think is herd immunity that cause the decrease. After gettin the disease most people gain immunity so less sources for that vector..

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  4. Yes, we now have doctors and statisticians coming out of the woodwork. Where were they ever since? I suppose waiting to get their satifikates! You people make me sick!

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  5. I Totally agree with XOXOXOXO there will always be a decrease because most people DON'T visit the health centers and hospitals they take care of themselves. Health minister do not have an accurate number of chikungunya cases on this island.

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  6. It has not decreased, people know how to treat themselves so there is no need to go to health centres and hospital. The fogging has stopped completely.

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    • when did they ever fog?? from since this chikungunya reached our shores it seems that's when the fogging stopped. even after people asked for the ministry to do it..they did not. I used to see the red health van fogging how many times last year...but now all of a sudden nothing when they say is mosquitoes that spreading chikungunya. I just find that all too strange for my liking

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  7. almost the entire population of SLU already got chickungunya so yes the new cases would decrease. its more of the relapse cases that u would hear about.

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