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Health ministry to counter increasing number of dengue cases  

Friday, September 14, 2012    

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KNGSTON, Jamaica - The Health Ministry says it will step up its strategies to counter the rising number of dengue cases tomorrow.

Healthcare workers will distribute information and assist people identify possible mosquito breeding sites in communities that are at high risk for dengue fever staring tomorrow and will go until mid-October.

Fogging activities will take place at the same time.

 People are being encouraged to seek information and destroy mosquito breeding sites.

 Possible breeding sites (anything that can hold water) should be covered, kept dry, filled with sand or dirt, punched with holes to prevent water settling or properly disposed of .

If mesh is used to cover containers then the holes should be small enough so that mosquitoes cannot enter.

Dengue fever is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. When the mosquito bites someone who is infected, the virus can then be transmitted to others that it bites.

“There is currently no drug to cure or prevent dengue fever in all its forms. We can only try to reduce the population of the mosquito which spreads the virus,” said health minister, Fenton Ferguson.

 One hundred and eighty dengue cases have already been confirmed by labs this year.

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