First Dengue Fever Death

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Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Joy St. John????

An adult male has been confirmed as the first recorded death as a result of Dengue Fever in Barbados.

This was confirmed today by the Ministry of Health.????

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Joy St. John expressed sympathy to the family of the deceased and 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 immediate medical attention.

Barbadians are also 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.

The Ministry of Health is continuing to enhance its vector control and prevention activities, including collaboration with the Ministry of Education to conduct inspection and fogging of schools.?? Regular fogging of areas with heavy mosquito infestation will continue.??????

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 or the Winston Scott Polyclinic 227-7766.

Author: Cathy Lashley/Ministry of Health
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