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Caribbean Nations urged to stay alert for Dengue and Zika outbreaks by public health agency

Posted: Friday, February 3, 2023. 1:14 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Today, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) issued a statement urging member countries to remain vigilant about dengue, zika and chikungunya.

“Member States must maintain a strategic approach to surveillance and sample collection and submission to increase our chances of early identification of infections,” said Executive Director, Dr. Joy St. John.

In addition, CARPHA noted that given the increase in regional and international travel to the Caribbean and the presence of the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which are endemic to this Region and transmit dengue, chikungunya and Zika, CARPHA is urging its Member States to strengthen routine surveillance for undifferentiated fever in their communities.

Citizens are urged to contact their respective Ministry of Health’s insect vector control to report infestations.

 

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