Chick-V cases on the rise
Health officials are reporting a general increase in the number of people coming down with Chikungunya symptoms.
However, the authorities say they still do not know the full extent of the problem since some people who have fallen ill with the virus might not have sought medical attention.
Last week, the officials reported 40 confirmed cases, with another 140 under investigation and hundreds more suspected.
But in a statement issued today, the ministry said the Caribbean Public Health Agency, which is responsible for testing, had advised that it was not necessary to test all persons presenting symptoms. High risk groups, including children under 15, persons over 60 years and pregnant women, in particular, were advised to seek medical attention if they had symptoms.
At the same time, the ministry reminded householders and property owners that they could be prosecuted if mosquitoes were found breeding on their premises.
The ministry assured that it was continuing to closely monitor the outbreak through its surveillance system, which includes submission of information from polyclinics, as well as the private health care sector.
Symptoms of Chikungunya usually begin three to seven days after a person is bitten by an infected mosquito. The most common symptoms are fever and joint pain, often in the hands and feet. Other symptoms include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling and rash.