Via Go-Jamaica.com: Barbados : Increase in Dengue fever and leptospirosis. Excerpt:
Health authorities are reporting a slight increase in dengue fever since the start of this year and are appealing to Barbadians to ensure they destroy possible breeding places for the Aedes Aegypti mosquito.
Figures released by the Ministry of Health indicate that there were 53 confirmed dengue cases at the beginning of the year, compared to 45 cases for the first 10 weeks of the corresponding period in 2011, when there were 206 cases overall.
The health officials said the number of people hospitalised with the condition, which is spread by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, was also up this year compared to the previous year.
Of the 53 cases, 10 people were hospitalised, including one with dengue haemorrhagic fever. Last year only four people were hospitalised.
The Ministry of Health is urging Barbadians who are experiencing symptoms of dengue fever, including sudden high fever, severe headaches, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pain or bleeding from the nose, mouth and gums, as well as frequent vomiting or difficulty breathing to seek immediate medical attention.
The Ministry of Health also said that there was also a slight increase in cases of leptospirosis cases for the first 10 weeks of this year.
It said five cases have so far been reported as compared with two last year, when 43 cases overall were recorded.