St. Vincent and the Grenadines records Fifth Dengue Fever Death

The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment on Thursday (Oct. 1) evening confirms that a 40-year-old female of McCarthy is the fifth (5th) person to die from complications of Dengue Fever.

The patient reported feeling unwell for one week and presented to the Accident and Emergency Department on Wednesday September 30, 2020 and was admitted to the ICU in a critical condition.

The Surveillance Committee of the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment, following extensive investigations, on September 28,  2020, confirmed the first four Dengue Fever deaths.

One adult female and one nine (9) year old male who died were confirmed on laboratory diagnosis to have had Dengue Fever. A four (4) year old male who died before the dengue test could be completed, has now been confirmed to have had Dengue Fever from a sample taken after his death. An elderly male who died on Friday, September 25 at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital, has also been confirmed to have had Dengue Fever.

The Ministry says, the mosquito borne disease continues to affect all health districts, but most cases have been reported as occurring in persons who live in the Kingstown, Georgetown and Pembroke Health Districts. Persons in the 0-15 year age group account for the majority of cases.

The current strain of the virus that is circulating is Dengue Fever type 3.