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Clarendon Health Department increases surveillance for leptospirosis and dengue

Published:Thursday | April 27, 2017 | 11:41 AM

The Clarendon Health Department has increased its surveillance and has advised doctors to be on the lookout for an increase in suspected cases of leptospirosis and dengue following last weekend’s flood rains.

Head of the Department, Dr Kimberly Scarlett Campbell, says the department is also working to minimise mosquito breeding, which could give rise to dengue and the Chikungunya virus.

The public health inspectors have also been carrying out assessments and will be visiting shops and wholesales to do inspections of food that may have been contaminated by flood waters.

Dr Scarlett Campbell says a vehicle has been assigned to the team to transport foods that are to be discarded.

The Clarendon Health department says the activities are part of the thrust to keep residents of the parish safe and ensure food safety, water treatment and vector control.