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The Ministry of Health is reporting that there were 570 cases of Dengue Fever in 2010 and 4 deaths.

For the first 9 weeks of this year, 135 cases of Dengue Fever have been confirmed by laboratory testing and 1 death has been recorded.

This compares to 212 cases in 2008 and 2 deaths during the first 9 weeks, following an epidemic year in 2007.

Barbadians are reminded to check their premises for possible mosquito breeding places and to cover water containers such as buckets, small plastic containers and drums or to dispose of these in a proper manner, in order to reduce mosquito breeding.

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The Ministry of Health is urging Barbadians who are experiencing symptoms of Dengue Fever, including sudden high fever, severe headaches, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pain; or symptoms of Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever such as bleeding from nose, mouth and gums frequent vomiting or difficulty breathing to seek medical attention at once.

Information on how to handle vector control or dengue fever prevention issues may be obtained by calling the Ministry of Health at 467-9366 or the Polyclinics at the following numbers:

Black Rock Polyclinic 438-9624

Maurice Byer Polyclinic 422-5052

Randal Phillips Polyclinic 428-3324

St. Philip Polyclinic 423-4572

Warrens Polyclinic 425-2996

Winston Scott Polyclinic 227-7766

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What is dengue fever?

Dengue fever is a disease caused by a family of viruses that are transmitted by mosquitoes. It is an acute illness of sudden onset that usually follows a benign course with symptoms such as headache, fever, exhaustion, severe muscle and pain swollen glands, and rash. The presence (the "dengue triad") of fever,rash, and headache(and other pains) is particularly characteristic of dengue. Other signs of dengue fever include bleeding gums,severe pain behind the eyes, and red palms and soles

 

Dengue Fever Symptoms and Signs

After being bitten by a mosquito carrying the virus, the incubation period ranges from three to 15 (usually five to eight) days before the signs and symptoms of dengue appear. Dengue starts with chills, headache, pain upon moving the eyes, and low backache. Painful aching in the legs and joints occurs during the first hours of illness. The temperature rises quickly as high as 104 F (40 C), with relative low heart rate (bradycardia) and low blood pressure (hypotension). The eyes become reddened. A flushing or pale pink rash comes over the face and then disappears. The glands(lymph nodes) in the neck and groin are often swollen.

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