There is now a total of 13 confirmed cases of of the mosquito-borne disease, Chikungunya, in Dominica.
Senior Environmental Health Officer, Sylvester St. Ville made the announcement on state-owned DBS Radio on Friday and said the matter is disturbing.
“It’s a major concern for the health care system but it’s something that we are trying to manage,” he said. “As of our latest report, there are 13 confirmed cases.”
He said the cases are mainly in the Woodfordhill and Bath Estate areas. “They are confined to those two communities,” he remarked.
St. Ville pointed out that the Environmental Health department is currently undertaking preventative measures to reduce the spread the disease.
“Presently we are in Bath Estate doing some source reduction and vector control activities …this evening (Friday) we will be doing some fogging operations to reduce the population of adults in these communities,” he pointed out.
He said the department will also be removing discarded white goods in the Bath Estate area since they provide breeding areas for mosquitos. Stoves, fridges, washing machines and other household appliances are generally referred to as ‘White Goods.’
St. Ville is calling on residents to play their part by covering water sources, emptying water containers, among other things, in efforts to control the breeding of mosquitos.
Chikungunya is a viral disease, carried mainly by the Aedes aegypti mosquito and causes a dengue-like sickness.
Symptoms include a sudden high fever, severe pain in the wrists, ankles or knuckles, muscle pain, headache, nausea and rash. Joint pain and stiffness are more common with Chikungunya than with dengue. Persons who have these symptoms are advised to report to the nearest health centre or their personal health care provider
The type of mosquito that transmits Chikungunya is also known to transmit dengue fever.