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Guyana Dengue doubled up this year

Posted Nov 16 2009 12:00am


At 1000 new Dengue cases, Guyana has recorded twice as many cases this year as the last up to the end of September.  It is no consolation that there was a decline in the third quarter for the mosquito population is on the rise again in the coastal areas of the country.  This,  Minister of Health Dr. Leslie Ramsammy, says will lead to an upsurge in Dengue cases in the last quarter of 2009. (Source: Stabroek News)

As anyone who is even remotely familiar with the mode of transmission of Dengue Fever would be aware, the disease is spread by a mosquito called Aedes aegypti.  But what seems to stomp people is that this mosquito survives because we let it.

A. aegypti is a peri-domestic mosquito.  It breeds in clear, unpolluted, unprotected water stored either on purpose or inadvertently in containers left lying around.   For this reason, the only way to control Dengue is for community members to ensure that containers with clean water in them are kept tightly covered at all times to prevent mosquitoes from getting inside and are not so placed around buildings as to be able to receive rainfall.

Mindful of this, Dr. Ramsammy is …”urging all families to re-examine their environment and get rid of all tyres and containers that breed the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.”

In the case of Guyana, people seem to have great difficulty disposing of their old tyres.  These tyres are black and shaded, making them ideal for mosquitoes to lay their eggs.  Now, the problem is persuade Guyanese to dump these tyres and to search and destroy mosquito breeding grounds by conducting weekly inspections on their premises.  That is the hard part. (Source: via CMC)

Ramsammy continued, “…no matter how much we do, if you don’t do your part we will not succeed.”  What the Guyana Ministry of Health is doing is distributing literature about mosquito control, conducting premises inspections to the tune of 4, 000 a month in urban areas, applying chemicals to standing water and handing out free supplies to residents for them to apply to their water.

However, there is an inbred resistance among Guyanese to having inspectors come into their yards and homes.  That is the problem.

Unfortunately this may only be the beginning of Guyana’s Dengue woes.  Up to now, not many people have suffered with and died of the complications of Dengue.  Dr. Ramsammy fears that this will no last forever.  So do we. (Source: kaiteurnewsonline)


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