The Ministry of Health (MOH) reported that the number of individuals infected with dengue virus has now reached 203 since the declaration of its outbreak in December.

As of the latest data sent to Island Times, 34 dengue cases were recorded for the month of May and out of these, 12 were recorded between May 23 to May 30.

It was in December when the MOH alerted the public after it had recorded for the first time cases of dengue fever caused by the bite of mosquitos infected with Dengue Serotype 3 virus, a non-endemic mosquito-borne virus.

The ministry had since urged the public to follow recommended measures to prevent further infection by practicing the 3S of dengue prevention –  searching and eliminating mosquito breeding sites in and around homes, self-protection measures such as wearing clothing that covers skin and using insect repellant on exposed skin, and seeking early consultation when showing symptoms of dengue fever.

Those who are experiencing sudden high fever, severe headache and backache, chills, body ache, joint and muscle pain, experiencing pain when moving the eyes, appetite loss and vomiting are advised to immediately seek medical assistance as these are the symptoms of dengue fever. (By Rhealyn C. Pojas)