Surge in Dengue Fever Cases in Antigua and Barbuda Sparks Concern Among Health Authorities

Health officer inspects mosquito breeding site

Dengue Fever cases in Antigua and Barbuda are on the rise, surpassing the 2019 record with 43 confirmed cases this year. Dr. Teri-Ann Joseph, Acting Chief Medical Officer, clarified that it’s not yet considered an outbreak but reflects a regional trend.

The government has increased resources to address the issue, focusing on areas with greater problems. Residents are urged to eliminate mosquito breeding sites.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, dengue cases are increasing, with over 3.5 million cases in 2023.

Jamaica and Barbados have declared outbreaks. Dengue fever, transmitted by mosquitoes, is common in tropical climates and may cause symptoms like high fever, headache, body aches, nausea, and rash.

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