Dengue Fever claims two lives, both from Calliaqua District

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines is currently experiencing a Dengue Fever outbreak, with over 306 cases of the mosquito-borne  disease recorded between January 1 and September 20, 2020.

The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment (MOHWE) on Monday (Sept. 21) issued a release informing that its Surveillance Committee was investigating four deaths over the last three weeks in persons who presented with symptoms suggestive of Dengue Fever, and quickly deteriorated, some with features of acute kidney failure.

Chief Medical Officer (CMO) – Simone Keizer-Beache at a press conference this afternoon (Sept. 22), confirmed two Dengue Fever deaths, based on laboratory findings.

One of the deceased patients was a middle aged female, the other, a nine year old male. The CMO informed that both patients came from the Calliaqua District.

According to the MOHWE, the Kingstown, Georgetown and Pembroke Health Districts are most affected, with 65.9% cases coming from these areas.

The ministry further said it is seeing an increased number of pediatric cases. Of the persons affected, 51.3% are in the age group 0-15 years.

“We’re having challenges in terms of the management of these cases,” Keizer-Beache noted, while informing that the ministry has asked the Pan American Health Organization for the support of a pediatric nephrologist.