Amid confirmed reports of dengue fever in the territory last month, the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) has started a mosquito net distribution campaign.
The BVIHSA said the campaign is primarily targeting what it described as at-risk persons such as children, pregnant women, and the elderly.
Distribution of mosquito nets is scheduled to commence January 8 at clinics and health centres across the territory.
“The BVIHSA also urges all persons to decrease their chances of contracting vector-borne illnesses such as dengue, chik-v and zika by eradicating mosquito breeding sites within their environment,” the health organisation said in a release today.
Meanwhile, Medical Officer Dr Ronald Georges told BVI News in December that there were a number of dengue cases on Tortola. It is not clear how many confirmed cases have been reported so far.
Dr Georges had also said cases of the virus are known to occur in flat and densely-populated areas near the sea.
Symptoms of dengue and other common mosquito-borne illnesses usually include high fever, headache, vomiting, muscle and joint pains and skin rash.
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