St. Lucia sees spike in chikungunya cases

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St. Lucia sees spike in chikungunya cases
Dr.Fredericks points to a graph showing the spike in Chikungunya locally.
Dr.Fredericks points to a graph showing the spike in chikungunya locally.

Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Merlene Fredericks has revealed that there is a notable spike in the number of chikungunya cases on island.

Dr. Fredericks said this spike has been recorded mostly in the south of the island, with Vieux Fort, Micoud and Soufriere being heavily affected.

“It seems like the disease started in the north and gradually flowed to the south,” Frederick disclosed.

The CMO noted that the widespread myth among the general public that chikungunya is not spread by the Aedes Egypti Mosquito is dangerous.

The CMO explained that this myth may cause persons to drop their guard by not paying attention to the environment in and around their homes for possible sources of mosquito-breeding.

Dr. Frederick has also warned against co-infection with both chikungunya disease and dengue fever. She said it is possible to be infected with both illnesses at the same time.

According to the CMO, there were not many adult admissions from the disease, but that there was a slight increase in the admission of children, especially babies.

Meanwhile, in providing an update on St. Lucia’s plan to minimise any chance of the Ebola virus entering the island, Dr. Frederick has again assured the public that the risk of this virus entering the country is fairly low.

This assurance is based on the reintroduction of the now permanent port health presence at the George Charles and Hewanorra airports, the ongoing training of medical personnel.

The ministry has also been working to strengthen isolation rooms at the island’s hospitals and to buy appropriate equipment to deal with any possible case of Ebola.

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  1. In light of the fact that the gunya is spreading so quick, I'm curious as to what the government is doing to try and combat this issue. I agree we have to play our part in protecting ourselves of course,but are any communities even being smoked out (fogged out? Whichever.) to clear out mosquitos like before?

    ...or is the government just not bothering to combat the mosquito problem because they secretly know it is not the only means of spreading the disease? Just curious.

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  2. I think the main and crucial point is being missed. the government just does not have the money and resources to mount even a piece meal campaign against those vector diseases.

    When VH has no doctors and medication who you kidding that you can mount an sustain campaigns throughout the country. Shut down half of the cocktail embassies and use that money saved effectively here at home

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  3. The CMO’s statement is an admission that there has been little effort to control the chikungunya epidemic. According to the graph, there has been an excess of undifferentiated fever since April.

    Five months into this epidemic, a ‘spike’ is not news. At this point St. Lucians should be receiving information on the number of suspected and/ or confirmed cases of chikungunya.

    Most of all, this was an opportunity to assure the public of the government’s prevention and control strategies. We're still waiting.

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  4. When will Fumigation begin in some areas. They do not come close to some places. I do my part in helping to keep my property and surroundings clean. Who's to say my neighbors do.

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  5. the Ministry of health will never be able to put a figure on the number of confirmed cases. my persons with the disease purchase medications over the counter and do not go to a doctor, clinic or hospital.
    I also do not believe that this disease is spread by mosquitoes.

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    • why not? It's completely irresponsible of you to say that. Who are you? Are you trained in vector borne diseases? No, you are Amanda, posting your ignorance on SNO for the world to see. Keep your trap shut, because you are contradicting the official advice. It's because of quacks like you, more people will fall sick.

      I bet your yard stinks.

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  6. A few months ago during the drought, the island had the best opportunity to contain the spread of chikungunya. As usual, few thought this would be the best time to control the disease. It should have been a time for all hands on deck. Now that the wet season is here, the brain cogs are starting to turn. Folks, we are not going to control the disease at this time. It ain't gonna happen because some people don't give a sh*t.

    In the meantime, stories are spreading overseas about the perils of a St. Lucian vacation. I have always maintained that our people only know how to react. See example story (copy & paste):

    http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2014/08/06/sd-resident-picks-rare-mosquito-born-disease-visiting-st-lucia/13690271/

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  7. lucians wake up and listen for once.

    You may not be in agreement with what we are told for the cause of this, but what you'll are suggesting has not proof to it.

    We need to take a look around us and start keeping our surrounding cleans. Help out our neighbours that can't as well.

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  8. This is a sad state of affairs. I personally called the Environmental Health department before this was wide spread in the south to inquire about fogging and they did not have the chemical available to do so. I even volunteered to purchase the chemical from the department. Are we serious about the health of our people. I believe in such a crisis government can impose a small tax to help control this problem.

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  9. THE AUTHORITIES IN ST. LUCIA PLACE THEMSELVES IN A DIFFERENT CLASS TO US SO THEY DO NOT FEEL FOR US EXCEPT IF IT HAPPENS TO THEM. I AM HEARING THE MINISTER OF HEALTH AT DIFFERENT FUNCTIONS BUT SHE SHOULD HAVE INSTEAD HELD MEETING SIN DIFFERENT COMMUNITIES TO HEAR FROM THE PEOPLE BEING AFFECT AND THEIR CRIES. THE HEALTH CENTERS SHOULD BE PROVIDING MEDICINE FREE TO THE COMMUNITIES TO HELP REDUCE THE PAIN INSTEAD OF GIVING THEM PRESCRIPTIONS. THIS TEST SHOULD BE FREE BUT PERSONS ARE BEING CHARGED FOR THE CHIKUNGUNYA TEST AT ST. JUDES. NO MONEY. THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT CONCERNED ABOUT OUR RECOVERY WE ARE NOT PART OF INFRASTRUCTURE WHERE THEY CAN GET A CUT. NO ASSISTANCE IS BEING OFFERED WATCH OUT FOR EBOLA WE WILL BECOME DEAD MEAT NOT FOR SALE THEN.

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  10. independen, i strongly agree with you. this is not just a mosquito. an experiment was done and they dropped the result on people from third world countries..very soon they will make a vaccine to stop female mosquitos from breeding. when that happens, just see how many women in third world countries will reproduce after they get infected by these insects.
    father please put a hand.

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    • Exactly. At first, they said it's not deadly, but there's been stories around the region that prove otherwise.

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  11. Do you know the the Ministry has not provided the true picture of the Chickunguny virus...there is more .....Is this an experimental insect??????????????

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      • No way in hell this is caused by mosquitoes. how come dengay never spread so in all the years it in this country. do we have immunity from dengue. No we dont. same mosquito same conditions. ull have to come better than that.

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  12. There is a concern of bugs at Victoria Hospital. My question is how prepared are we
    to tackle the Ebola Virus regardless the chances of it reaching the island is low.

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    • We're not prepared. Look how the developed countries are reacting to this, and we don't have half of the technology they do to help keep this from spreading.
      I find it funny (not really) that they speak about 'buying' equipment to help with this. Who are they kidding?

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