The Aedes Egypti mosquito which carries Dengue viruses breeds inside and around homes.
A release from the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Patrick Martin, advised on Tuesday that all containers – pots, pans, cans, plastic and glass bottles, Styrofoam containers, tyres, buckets, coconut shells, etc – must either be completely drained of water or securely bagged for disposal.
Symptoms of Dengue Fever include fever, muscle and joint pains, pain behind the eyes, and in complicated cases, dehydration and bleeding – a true medical emergency, said Martin.
Persons with complications been advised to seek immediate medical attention at the nearest emergency room.
For relief of pain and fever, Paracetamol is a safe choice but the Chief Medical Officer warned that Aspirin and Ibuprofen must not be used.
Additional medical advice can be obtained from community health centres and private medical practices, but the Environmental Health Departments on both islands will continue to carry out their mosquito reduction work plans. However, the cooperation of residents is absolutely essential for the success of prevention activities, admonished the CMO.
Travellers to countries reporting increased dengue activity should take precautions such as wearing long sleeve shirts and long pants, applying tropical mosquito repellents, and staying indoors during the dawn and dusk hours.