45 percent of St. Vincent’s dengue cases are children

By Demion McTair. Updated 8:47 p.m., Saturday, September 5, 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).

Kingstown, St, Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – Some 45 percent of the dengue cases recorded so far in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are children.

Epidemiologist in the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment, Tamara Bobb, stated on VC3 Television’s Round Table Talk on September 3, that about 45-percent of the cases are in children in the 0-15 age group.

She said that as of September 3, 2020, St. Vincent and the Grenadines recorded 184 laboratory-confirmed cases of dengue.

But, at press time on September 4, a well-placed source informed One News SVG that the count had increased by one.

Epidemiologist, Tamara Bobb said on VC3’s Round Table that there were 74 laboratory-confirmed cases of dengue on August 25. On September 3, there were 185 cases. This means that in a matter of 9 days, the number of cases increased by 111.

The health ministry is asking the public to take the necessary precautionary measures to eradicate mosquito breeding sites and to protect themselves against dengue.

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