CHIKV cases decline
Health authorities are reporting that the incidence of chikungunya is on the decline.
In its latest update released today, the Ministry of Health said a total of 57 suspected cases were recorded for the first 12 weeks of 2015, but so far this year there had been no confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne virus.
This compares to 1,887 cases reported last year, 126 of which were confirmed by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).
“The majority of confirmed cases were persons under the age of 15 and over 65. Two deaths associated with the disease were recorded,” the Ministry added.
Although there has been a decline in the levels of mosquito breeding in recent weeks, it also urged Barbadians to remain vigilant and to take all necessary measures to reduce breeding around their premises.
This includes securely storing or covering domestic water storage containers such as buckets, barrels and drums, and discarding containers that collect water such as bottles, cans and coconut shells. Householders should also ensure that septic tanks and soak ways are well sealed.
Under the Health Services Control of Mosquito Regulations 1970, Cap. 44, householders and property owners found breeding mosquitoes on their premises may be prosecuted.