Official warns of new dengue threat

A regional health care specialist is warning of the onset of a new and more serious strain of the mosquito-borne dengue fever.

“We can predict with some degree of certainty that next year, more probably 2018, the region will have a Dengue Type Three epidemic,” revealed Dr James Hospedales, executive director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency.

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Dr James Hospedales

Addressing a regional panel discussion on responding to hazards and matters of security at the Radisson Aquatica Resort, he noted that dengue has been increasing in frequency and severity over the past 30 years or so.

Dr Hospedales also pointed out that the Caribbean has been going through an abnormal spell with regards to viral infections.

“In the last few years we witnessed something unprecedented, almost. We’ve had a Chikungunya epidemic in 2014, a brand disease in a virgin population . . . . We’ve had the threat of Ebola. This year we’re facing the Zika epidemic, the consequences of which are still playing out,” he added.

However, the health specialist said Caribbean people must take some of the blame for the worrying prevalence of the disease transmitting aedes aegypti mosquito.

“The problem isn’t Chikungunya, Zika, or dengue, the problem is our comfort with the mosquito aedes aegypti, and multiplication of sites in which it can breathe,” Dr Hospedales said of the vector, which breeds quickly in stagnant water.

“The fact that you have a vector that can so effectively transmit disease right across the population, is a health security threat, a tourism threat, an economic threat,” he told the gathering.

Symptoms of dengue include severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pains, nausea, vomiting, swollen glands or rash.

6 Responses to Official warns of new dengue threat

  1. Kayzita Blackman
    Kayzita Blackman September 14, 2016 at 7:44 am

    Amen!!!

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  2. Veronica Marriott
    Veronica Marriott September 14, 2016 at 7:49 am

    Drain all your swamps then ? I’m staying in the West coast and you go up to holetown and lots of swampy areas prime for Zika to breed forget spraying drain the breeding grounds x

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  3. Kani Buss
    Kani Buss September 14, 2016 at 9:15 am

    If you think that these diseases just up and modify themselves yuh lie

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  4. Andrena Ceasar
    Andrena Ceasar September 14, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    they are making people sick so they can make money a new drug is about to come out

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  5. Alex Alleyne September 14, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    These people just won’t leave the mosquitoes alone. You all tried with the bees an failed , now you keep messing with these bugs.a

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  6. eddy murray September 14, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Only the bees, my friend the rats the cat the dog and the man. They start to used the pig now

    Reply

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