Barbados reports decline in chikungunya cases

News-1Bridgetown, Barbados (BGIS) — The ministry of health has disclosed that there has been a decline in the number of confirmed cases of chikungunya in Barbados in recent weeks. The levels of mosquito breeding have also fallen.

In 2014, there were 1,742 suspected cases of chikungunya, of which 121 were confirmed. There were also two deaths that were indirectly linked to the disease. In the last ten weeks of 2014, the number of confirmed cases was six times less than in the previous ten weeks.

The Caribbean Public Health Agency has advised that it is not necessary to conduct testing on everyone presenting with symptoms of chikungunya. However, pregnant women, elderly persons and persons with severe symptoms, such as fever for more than five days, intractable pain and incessant vomiting, are advised to seek immediate medical attention.

The ministry has urged residents to continue to be vigilant and take all necessary measures to reduce mosquito breeding around their premises.

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