Date: Sat 25 Oct 2008
Source: The Daily Herald [edited]
As the dengue epidemic continues to take a hold on the community, authorities announced Thursday [23 Oct 2008] that 72 laboratory confirmed dengue cases have been recorded between 1-18 Oct . The Dengue Action Response Team (DART) estimates that this figure is likely to surpass the 100 mark before the end of October 2008.The DART Team is calling on every household to take immediate measures to stem the breeding of mosquitoes. "The only way to stop the dengue outbreak from growing is by every household taking mosquito breeding preventive action. By taking measures, you are protecting your family from getting dengue fever," Government Information Service (GIS) said in a press release yesterday [24 Oct 2008].
This month [October 2008], 2 persons have already succumbed to dengue, one from DHF [dengue hemorrhagic fever] and the other of dengue shock syndrome [DSS]. The Island Government has approved an emergency budget of over 300 000 guilders [USD 170 952] to cover a number of interventions related to the local outbreak. The Hygiene Department has also resumed its fogging exercise. Every household is asked to check debris, old tires, and standing clear/clean water in yards as these are the main source and breeding grounds for [_Aedes_] mosquitoes, bringing about an increased risk of mosquito-borne diseases. These areas should be immediately eliminated.
Residents should also immediately check for clear/clean standing water in roof spouts, empty drums, buckets, jars, birdbaths, boats, plant containers, saucers, paint cans, and other items that can collect water around your homes and businesses. "Where clear/clean standing water exists, one can use small amounts of kerosene, just to cover the surface as a measure to prevent mosquito breeding or just get rid of the container. "In the case of where containers are used for storing water, residents should keep these properly covered and check every 3 days to make sure mosquitoes haven't laid any eggs. Inlets and outlets of cisterns must be covered with a mosquito net or cloth to prevent mosquitoes from breeding in the water."
The 3 types of dengue [viruses] circulating on the island are DEN-1, DEN-2, and DEN-4, increasing the risk for DHF, which is potentially deadly, and DSS, which, if not treated correctly, can lead to profound shock and death. "Residents are strongly advised to continue to take urgent preventive action against mosquito breeding in order to stem the increase in the number of dengue cases on the island," it was stated in the release.