By Demion McTair. Updated 5:27 p.m., Friday, September 4, 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).
Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – St. Vincent and the Grenadines has recorded 185 laboratory-confirmed cases of Dengue so far this year.
Epidemiologist, Tamara Bobb stated on VC3 Television’s Round Table on Thursday (September 3), that on August 25, 2020, the country had recorded “just about 74 cases”.
This means that in about nine (9) days, the country’s confirmed dengue cases have increased by 111.
Bobb said that the majority of cases recorded have been roughly mild. She said 62-percent of the cases have been hospitalized. But, only one or two cases of Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever have been recorded to date.
The epidemiologist in the Ministry of Health said that a considerable number of confirmed dengue infections have been recorded in children.
The last dengue outbreaks in St. Vincent and the Grenadines were in 2010 and 2014.
The case count during those periods reached about 240.
THE STRAINS OF DENGUE
In a recent Facebook post, the ministry said “After you’ve recovered from dengue fever, you have immunity to the type of virus that infected you — but not to the other three dengue fever virus types”.
“The risk of developing severe dengue fever, also known as dengue hemorrhagic fever, actually increases if you’re infected a second, third or fourth time,” the ministry said.
The ministry said “Dengue fever is caused by any one of four types of dengue viruses spread by mosquitoes that thrive in and near human homes. When a mosquito bites a person infected with a dengue virus, the virus enters the mosquito. When the infected mosquito then bites another person, the virus enters that person’s bloodstream”.
The ministry had been stepping up its provision of information regarding dengue fever after it reported that there has been an above-normal number of cases recorded this year, compared to last year.