By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

In a follow-up on the dengue fever outbreak in Saint Lucia, the Ministry of Health and Wellness reports 801 confirmed cases on the island with a further 333 suspected cases as of Oct 22.

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Dengue serotypes 2 and 3 circulate in St. Lucia, with a third unknown serotype to be confirmed.

26 per cent of cases require hospitalization. 17 October 2020 saw 3 confirmed dengue-related deaths with a 4th death being investigated by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) .

St. Lucia is currently experiencing the most severe dengue fever outbreak in its recent history and, at the same time, is also facing the COVID 19 pandemic at the national level. The current dengue outbreak in St. Lucia represents an over 3,000% increase in the number of cases from the preceding year (20 cases in 2019 vs 801 confirmed thus far in 2020).

While the entire island is currently affected by the outbreak, cases are concentrated in the island’s northwest.