Dengue fever is rising in Martinique, with health officials reporting 830 cases between September 11 and 17, 2023.

There were 705 cases the prior week.

According to local news sources, the mosquito-borne illness has been diagnosed in 6500 patients on the neighbouring French-speaking island.

Worryingly, an estimated 60% of hospitalisations have included youngsters.

Given the dengue crisis in Martinique and other Caribbean countries, Saint Lucia has increased its disease surveillance.

The Health Ministry emphasized the importance of collaborative efforts in preventing and controlling Dengue in schools last week.

Dengue fever, chikungunya, and Zika are all spread by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito.

The Ministry also underlined the presence of mosquito breeding grounds on some school campuses.