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15 confirmed cases of Chikungunya recorded in SVG

15 confirmed cases of Chikungunya recorded in SVG


Twelve new cases of Chikungunya have been confirmed in St Vincent and the Grenadines.{{more}}

According to a press release from the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) confirmed these new cases on April 30.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases of Chikungunya in this country to 15.

All confirmed cases are from the Grenadine island of Bequia, the release said.

The release stated that the Insect Vector Control Unit within the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment will intensify their vector control activities, which include carrying out fogging operations in Bequia.

Also, it was indicated that “professionals within the Ministry will continue to participate in interactive programmes on radio stations and conduct educational sessions in various communities on the mainland and also on the Grenadine islands to build awareness of the threat of the disease and how it can be controlled and prevented”.

Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected aedes egypti mosquito, resulting in fever and severe joint pain. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash.

The Ministry advises that persons experiencing such signs and symptoms are strongly advised to establish contact with their health care provider.