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.