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Toledo health officials alert for Dengue and Chik-V

Mosquito-born diseases awareness

Health press briefing

Health press briefing

Friday, November 7, 2014. JUAN CAAL Reporting: Ministry of Health personnel today held a press conference in Punta Gorda town to announce that there is a high alert in the Toledo district for Chikungunya and Dengue.

Both disease are mosquito-borne.

During the media event which was held at the Red Cross meeting room in PG, Deputy Regional Heath Director Ruth MacDonald along with Vector Control staff and Senior Public health Inspector made the announcement of the high alert for Chik-V and Dengue.

Health officials, Punta Gorda town

Health officials, Punta Gorda town

The health officials said that they are working closely with various stakeholders to ensure that they are adequately prepared in the event of an outbreak of either disease in Punta Gorda town or other rural areas of the district.

As for dengue, the Health Officials say that it is just a matter of time for it to show up and they will work overtime to try and keep the number of infections at a minimum.

Mosquito-born diseases awareness

Mosquito-born diseases awareness

During the press conference Dr. Erie Nunez emphasized that both diseases have common symptoms and that they are hard to differentiate without any clinical knowledge that is why authorities are highly advising the public to take necessary precautions and to contact their nearest health facility if they suspect they may have any of the diseases.

A public awareness campaign has also been started by the Vector Control Unit and they are calling on the general public to assist in any way possible to eliminate mosquito breading grounds around homes and in yards across the municipality and the wider district of Toledo.

The Ministry of Health officials emphasized during the press conference that health facilities in Toledo are very prepared to deal with any outbreak of either dengue or Chik-V.

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