The Ministry of Health is reporting an almost 200-percent increase in cases of dengue fever this year, compared to the same period last year.
According to a statement from the Ministry today, 412 suspected cases of the disease have been reported up to November 17. This is compared to 150 up to the same date last year.
However, the Health Ministry says despite this large increase, this still does not meet the threshold of an outbreak.
The Ministry says it expects that the number of cases of mosquito-borne diseases will increase from late August into November, in keeping with trends in recent years.
As a result, they’re continuing their mosquito-control activities, including a public education campaign, home inspections, destruction of breeding sites and fogging.
Dengue fever is transmitted by the Aedes Egypti mosquito, which carries the virus. Symptoms include fever, headache, joint, and muscle pains. The recommended treatment for the fever is acetaminophen or paracetamol.
However, the Ministry urges members of the public not to use aspirin, ibuprofen, or any of the medications/pain relievers known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), as these are known to increase the severity of the disease.