By NewsDesk @bactiman63
In a follow-up on the dengue fever outbreak in Saint Lucia, The Ministry of Health and Wellness has recorded a total of 540 confirmed cases of dengue fever. There has also been one reported dengue-related death, the first of 2020.
The individual is an adult male who was hospitalized after presenting with signs and symptoms of severe dengue infection.
Although cases have been identified throughout the island, most of the confirmed cases are concentrated in the northern region in areas such as Castries, Gros Islet and Central Babonneau. The ages of confirmed cases range from 3 weeks to 84 years, with the age group 5-14 years accounting for approximately 39 percent of cases.
In 2020, both serotypes 2 and 3 have been in circulation, thereby increasing the likelihood of persons presenting with the severe form of dengue.