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Dengue cases down


CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

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The Ministry of Health is reporting that there has been a decline in dengue cases in Barbados up to December 15, 2012.
According to the Ministry of Health, over the four-week period leading up to December 15 there were 43 confirmed cases of dengue, compared to 68 in the corresponding period in November (up to November 17).
In a release today from the Government Information Service, it was noted that a total of 391 confirmed cases were recorded up to December 15, while 1 381 suspected cases were sent to the lab for testing.  During the same period in 2011, a total of 200 confirmed cases were recorded and 786 suspected cases were sent for testing.
Despite the recent decline in confirmed cases, officials are reminding householders to check their premises for possible mosquito breeding sites. 
Ministry officials said environmental health officers and assistants will continue to inspect premises, investigate mosquito complaints and maintain surveillance at sites, including ports of entry, wetlands, tyre shops and nurseries. (PR)
 

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