Friday, September 2, 2011

Death In Barbados due to Dengue Fever

An adult male has been confirmed as the first recorded death as a result of Dengue Fever in Barbados. This was confirmed today by the Ministry of Health.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Joy St. John expressed sympathy to the family of the deceased and is urging Barbadians who are experiencing symptoms of Dengue Fever, including sudden high fever, severe headaches, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pain; or symptoms of Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever such as bleeding from nose, mouth and gums, frequent vomiting or difficulty breathing, to seek immediate medical attention.

Barbadians are also reminded to check their premises for possible mosquito breeding places and to cover water containers such as buckets, small plastic containers and drums or to dispose of these in a proper manner, in order to reduce mosquito breeding.
See full story here.

There is no vaccine available for Dengue Fever so the use of  bug repellent and other protective measures is necessary.  If you have further questions about Dengue Fever or would like to learn more about protective measures against mosquitoes you can contact a Travel Medicine Specialist at Passport Health.

Travel Safely!

1 comment:

  1. Dengue cases are growing. And travelers must be advised on this. Especially to those with destinations going to places near any forests. Knowing that these carriers of diseases, usually grows in numbers in places with stagnant waters. So better be careful.


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