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Health ministry confirms suspected dengue haemorrhagic fever-related death

Published:Tuesday | September 4, 2018 | 10:44 AM

The Ministry of Health is confirming a report of a suspected dengue haemorrhagic fever-related death in late August of an adult male from Trelawny.

Dengue haemorrhagic fever is a rare complication of dengue fever and results in internal bleeding and bleeding under the skin, which can lead to death.

The health ministry says it expects that the number of cases of mosquito-borne diseases will increase in late August to October.

It says so far the number of dengue cases remains below the epidemic threshold, that is, within expected levels.

The ministry did not provide a figure.

The health ministry says it will continue to monitor reports of mosquito-borne diseases through its national epidemiological surveillance system, adding that it has begun mosquito-control activities, including a public education campaign, home inspections, destruction of breeding sites and fogging.

What is dengue fever?

* Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne disease that is usually a mild illness in which a person may get a fever, headache, joint, and muscle pains.

* The health ministry says rest and adequate hydration are usually enough to see one through the period of illness.

* The ministry recommended treatment for dengue fever is acetaminophen/paracetamol.

* The Ministry of Health urges the public not to use aspirin, diclofenac, ibuprofen, or any of the medications/pain relievers known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

* These drugs, when used to treat the fever in dengue, have been known to increase the severity of the disease.

* Immediate medical attention should be sought once an infected person begins to vomit, have severe abdominal pain, develop a petechial rash, feel very weak, or get confused.

Keeping areas mosquito free

*Members of the public are encouraged to monitor water storage containers for mosquito breeding.

* Keeping surroundings free of debris.

* Destroying or treating potential mosquito breeding sites.

* Wearing protective clothing.

* Using a DEET-containing mosquito repellant.

* Stay indoors at dusk with windows and doors closed.

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