KINGSTON, Jamaica – A senior medical practitioner is looking for folks to stay vigilant in stopping a attainable outbreak of the mosquito borne dengue fever, noting that there’s a rise within the Aedes index.
“We have now seen an upward development in our Aedes index from round 10 per cent in February, just below 12 per cent in March, and as much as 16.4 per cent as on the finish of April. This can be a fallacious route that we’re heading in and we’re asking all our residents to assist us,” mentioned the Medical Officer of Well being for Westmoreland, Dr Marcia Graham.
The Aedes index refers back to the proportion of premises or houses in a restricted, well-defined house, the place precise breeding of the Aedes aegypti mosquito is discovered and the whole variety of homes examined in that space.
Dr Graham, addressing the month-to-month assembly of the Westmoreland Municipal Company, famous that “it’s been raining, and with every bathe of rain comes loads of potential breeding websites”, including “it’s everyone’s accountability to at the very least, as soon as per week, search and destroy mosquito breeding websites”.
She mentioned that there was the probability of individuals within the parish getting dengue due to the rise of the Aedes index, and as such, they have to see a health care provider in the event that they felt that they had contracted the sickness.
Dr Graham mentioned that some signs of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and dengue have been comparable.
“So, we can’t solely do the COVID-19 take a look at, however we are able to do the take a look at for dengue fever as nicely, as a result of it’s a actual chance,” she mentioned.
Signs of dengue embody sudden onset of excessive fever with extreme headache, fatigue, ache behind the eyes, muscle, bone or joint ache, pores and skin rash, swollen glands and vomiting or feeling nauseous.
The signs of COVID-19 embody acute onset of fever (over 38 levels Celsius) and flu-like signs, together with coughing and sneezing, in addition to respiration difficulties.
The Aedes aegypti mosquito is answerable for the unfold of dengue fever, Zika and chikungunya viruses. (CMC)