Health Minister Dr. Duane Sands said yesterday there is a confirmed case of chikungunya in The Bahamas.
Sands told reporters outside Cabinet this is “a home-grown case of chikungunya”.
In 2014, there was an outbreak of the virus in The Bahamas with at least 17 confirmed cases and 60 suspected cases of it during the year.
Yesterday, when asked if there was any concern about the virus spreading, Sands said, “Yes, when we talk about chikungunya, or dengue, or any mosquito-borne illness, we are concerned about whether or not this is imported or home-grown because it then determines whether or not we have infected mosquitos in country.”
He said the Department of Environmental Health (DEHS) has “stepped up” its adulticide and larvicide campaigns in light of the confirmation of chikungunya.
Sands advised the public to take the necessary measures to prevent the virus from spreading.
“All of that standing water [in old tires and paint cans], empty that out,” he said.
“If you have a pool that is no longer being used then call the Department of Environmental Health and they can come and ensure that it’s properly managed.”
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