Wednesday 21 October, 2020

Two dengue-related deaths confirmed bringing St Lucia's total to 3

The Ministry of Health and Wellness has received results from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) confirming two dengue-related deaths in Saint Lucia.

As indicated in a previous press release, both individuals were seen and managed at the Owen King European Union Hospital, where they presented with a clinical picture consistent with Dengue Fever. This now brings the total number of confirmed dengue-related deaths in Saint Lucia to three.

A fourth death is currently being investigated. The individual was admitted to hospital with signs and symptoms of Dengue Fever. As per protocol, a sample was tested locally and sent to CARPHA for confirmation. The Ministry of Health and Wellness awaits these results.

As of October 10, 2020, a total of 711 confirmed cases have been recorded. The mean age of cases is 21 years, with an age range from 3 weeks to 84 years.

The northern part of the island continues to report the highest numbers of cases, although cases have been reported throughout the island.

The public is reminded that Dengue Fever can be controlled by reducing or eliminating the mosquito population. Measures to do so include:

- Eliminating breeding sites in and around their homes. This can be done by discarding of all open containers with stagnant water in and surrounding your home on a regular basis.

- Using insect repellent, which may be applied directly to the skin, clothing or mosquito nets.

- Wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants especially during the hours of highest mosquito activity

The Ministry of Health and Wellness will continue to provide the public with updates on the dengue situation in Saint Lucia.

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