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BVI experiencing increase in Dengue Fever, cases almost tripled since last year

By Kamal Haynes, BVI News Staff

The British Virgin Islands is experiencing a spike in the number of reported cases of Dengue Fever, with numbers tripling since last year.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Irad Potter told BVI News 106 more cases have been reported when compared to the corresponding period last year.

“In 2018, we had about 60 cases being reported to the Ministry of Health from the period of January 1 to August 31. This year, so far, from January 1 up until August 31, we’ve had 166 cases of suspected and confirmed cases,” Dr Potter stated.

Despite the alarming number, Dr Potter said none of the cases have been severe. He also said most of the persons infected with the virus have already been treated.

Mosquito population increases during rainy season

He further told our news centre it is not uncommon to see more cases of dengue during this time of year.

“What normally happens when we have the rainy season beginning is that you get the increase in the population of mosquitoes and we tend to get increasing incidents of dengue as well. We (the BVI) have the vectors that transmit dengue — the Aedes Aegypti and Aedes Albopictus,” the physician explained.

What are officials doing?

He also said the Health Ministry is already taking steps to prevent the virus from spreading further.

“When we begin to get increasing cases, we go back to surveillance and we try to determine which communities are having issues with the disease. Then based on that, we would go and do surveillance on the properties where the people live and get them to reduce any breeding on their premises and if we are having a big problem, we would get to do some fogging to kill the other mosquitoes,” Dr Potter said.

Take precautions

In the meantime, residents are being reminded to take the necessary precautions to help reduce the chances of the virus being transmitted.

These include inspecting premises to ensure no mosquito breeding sites are present, removing and treating any breeding sites found upon inspection, and using mosquito repellant to minimize chances of being bitten by the insect.

What is Dengue?

Dengue is an infection caused by a virus spread by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. There are four dengue viruses called Dengue Type One, Two, Three, and Four. You can only be infected by each “type” once in your lifetime.

Symptoms

Symptoms usually identified with Dengue Fever include a sudden onset of fever, headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle pains, bone or joint pain, skin rash, vomiting, or the ‘feeling to vomit’.

Persons with severe Dengue may have all the aforementioned symptoms in addition to severe belly pain, persistent vomiting, bleeding from the mouth, nose or other unusual places, bloody or black and sticky stool, feeling faint, low energy or restlessness, small bleeding spots under the skin, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

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  1. vip heckler says:

    Where is the fogging truck? I’ve only seen it in capoon’s bay when the premier held his back to school. In this day and age this country needs more than one fogging truck

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Maybe we are also witnessing the works of the wicked, demonic, mad scientist who is currently engaged in world Black population depopulation.

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  3. doubt the government says:

    i very much doubt government is doing anything about ‘vector control’ as they don’t have the money or expertise..

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  4. This helps says:

    I order mosquito bits and mosquito dunks from Amazon and it helps a lot. The dunks comes in a 6 pack for $8.52 and the bits $18.42. The bits you sprinkle around your home and the dunks you put drop one in stagnant water. Honestly, it has been working so far. I can sit on the porch or in the yard and not getting tear up by mosquitos.

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  5. Help yourselves... says:

    I think the amount of junk people have around their homes should not have to be monitored by government. People clean up your surroundings; junk all over the place man. Have some pride! If this kind of behavior is not nipped in the bud sooner, then i think that Govt, needs to fine people. Simple.

  6. @This helps says:

    Thanks for the tip. We have to also take care of ourselves. I just placed a order on Amazon for the Mosquito Bits, one for me and one for my parents.

  7. vip heckler says:

    The minister for health went to the UK on a joy ride while leaving the mosquitoes behind to kill us

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