Martinique Records 28,000 Cases Of Dengue, 12 Deaths

There’s mounting concern in neighbouring Martinique over a spike in cases of dengue fever.

Local media reports quoting public health statistics, indicate that since the start of the dengue epidemic in December last year, 28,000 cases and 12 deaths were recorded.

According to Martinique 1Ere, between October 1 and October 25, 2020 nearly 7,500 people have seen a general practitioner for clinical signs suggestive of dengue.

The online news publication reports that almost all the municipalities of the island are concerned, and among them, 17 have very high incidences, greater than 100 cases per 10,000 inhabitants .

Individual and collective mobilisation remains the best bulwark against the epidemic, including destruction of breeding sites, individual protection with repellents, use of mosquito nets and electric rackets, health officials say.

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Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection.

The infection causes flu-like illness, and occasionally develops into a potentially lethal complication called severe dengue.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) observes that  the global incidence of dengue has grown dramatically in recent decades.

About half of the world’s population is now at risk, WHO says.

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