The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment is appealing for the co-operation of the public in helping to control the outbreak of the Chikungunya viral disease here. Chikungunya is transmitted to humans by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito. It causes fever and severe joint pain. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash. Persons experiencing these signs and symptoms should contact their health care provider.
Chairman of the National Surveillance Committee, Dr. Rosmond Adams said to date there are now thirty-nine confirmed laboratory cases of the Chickungunya virus in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Dr. Adams said that they are continuing to implement vector control activities against the Aedes Aegypti mosquito that causes the Chickungunya virus.
He said they have also been working with key stakeholders to implement a multi-sectoral approach towards fighting this disease.
Dr. Adams said they also held a meeting with a number of organizations including NEMO, BRAGSA, the Tourism Authority, the Ministry of Tourism and CWSA to collaborate in cleaning the environment.
He said this is aimed at fighting the Chikungunya and other vector-borne diseases in the country.