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Barbados records increase in dengue case

Published:Wednesday | January 9, 2013 | 11:12 AM

Barbados recorded a significant increase in dengue cases last year even though health authorities say there was a decline during a four week period leading up to mid-December.

Official figures released by the Barbados authorities show that for the four-week period leading up to December 15 last year, there were 43 confirmed cases of dengue, compared with 68 in the four weeks leading up to November 17.

But the figures released by the Ministry of Health indicate that a total of 391 confirmed cases were recorded up to December 15, while 1,381 suspected cases were sent to the lab for testing.

During the similar period in 2011, a total of 200 confirmed cases were recorded and 786 suspected cases were sent for testing.

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