By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

In a follow-up on the dengue fever outbreak in Saint Lucia, a total of 503 confirmed dengue cases have been reported since the outbreak was declared in August.

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Although cases have been identified throughout the island, most of the confirmed cases are concentrated in the northern region in areas such as Castries, Bexon and Central Babonneau.

A total of 128 confirmed dengue cases have been hospitalized.

Dengue serotypes 2 and 3 have been identified in the population accounting for 14 percent and 3 percent of the cases respectively in 2020.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness has been engaging in activities aimed at the reduction and control of the spread of the Dengue Fever. Such activities include increased public education, clean up campaigns, island wide fogging, and inspection of premises with complaints.

The public is reminded of the measures to reduce the mosquito population such as: removal of all open containers with stagnant water in and surrounding your home on a regular basis (such as flower plates and pots and used tires). If that is not possible, water containers can be treated with larvicides. Tight coverage of water containers, barrels, wells and other water storage tanks; use of window/door screens by the population wherever possible. There are also measures which can be adopted to prevent the bite. These include: use of repellents and wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants especially during the hours of highest mosquito activity, use of long-lasting insecticidal treated mosquito bed nets.

Aedes aegypti mosquito