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Thirty-nine confirmed cases of Chikungunya in SVG

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Thirty-nine cases of persons infected with the Chikungunya virus have been confirmed in St Vincent and the Grenadines.{{more}}

The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment advised in a release on Wednesday that of the 39 confirmed laboratory cases, 37 are on Bequia and two on mainland St Vincent.

“In this regard, the Ministry of Health continues to implement vector control activities against the aedes aegypti mosquito that causes the Chickungunya virus.

“Private sector and other key stakeholders such as NEMO, BRAGSA, The Tourism Authority, The Ministry of Tourism and CWSA are all engaged in the multisectoral approach towards fighting this disease,” the release said.

According to the release, the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment will continue active surveillance and an island-wide intense vector control campaign. Additionally, several public outreach programs have been held and more are scheduled throughout St Vincent and the Grenadines to sensitize Vincentians about the virus and the Ministry urges the participation of all individuals in fighting the aedes aegypti mosquito and the Chickungunya virus.

Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. It causes fever and severe joint pain. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash. Persons experiencing such signs and symptoms should contact their health care provider.

The Ministry reiterates the importance of avoiding mosquito bites by implementing vector control measures at the individual and community levels, such as keeping water drums and tanks covered, getting rid of unused tires, keeping the general surroundings clean, the use of appropriate clothing to avoid mosquito bites and the use of insect repellants.

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