St. LUCIA: The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Elderly Affairs monitors recorded dengue fever cases across the island. During the month of August, Saint Lucia recorded three (3) cases of Dengue fever; however, a total of thirteen (13) dengue cases were recorded this year. The Ministry of Health continues to maintain active disease surveillance and encourages people to remain vigilant against contracting vector-borne diseases such as dengue fever.
The ministry remains on high alert as an increase in the number of dengue fever cases during the rainy season is not unusual. He would also advise the public to follow best practices for taking care of viruses.
1. Conduct weekly inspections in and around the residential area suspected of mosquito breeding sites.
2. Remove all containers with water and standing water around the house to prevent mosquitoes from breeding, because mosquitoes can breed in even the smallest amount of water.
3. Carefully dispose of property from breeding grounds to protect yourself.
4. Check water tanks and water storage containers and make sure they are well covered with lids/sealing materials so that mosquitoes cannot access them.
5. Damaged septic tanks should be repaired and ensured that they are airtight and watertight.
6. Installing screens on windows, doors and vents will help.
7. Clean gutters and drains to keep water flowing freely on a regular basis.
8. Regularly change the water in pet waterers and flower vases at least once every two days.
9. Scrub the sides of all containers filled with water.
10. Increase the use of insect repellents inside and outside the home to prevent mosquito bites.
The Department of Health has asked the general public to visit a community wellness center if they show signs and symptoms of dengue fever.