(CMR) Two children, ages 9 and 11, who were being treated at a hospital in Guyana after being infected with dengue, passed away recently.
According to News Room Guyana, several children were receiving treatment for dengue fever at the Georgetown Public Hospital, including the two who were in the ICU.
Based on official statistics, at least 3,453 people in Guyana have been infected with dengue so far this year. And of that amount, about 2,169 cases are still considered active; this means they may be experiencing symptoms associated with dengue, News Room reported.
There has reportedly been an increase in the number of dengue fever cases in Guyana and across the Americas in recent weeks.
Health Minister Dr. Frank Anthony told the News Room that local authorities have been fogging all areas to prevent people from being bitten by mosquitos. Abate, a substance used to kill mosquito larvae is also being distributed.
The country is also focusing on testing to ensure persons can get treatment as soon as needed.
According to the World Health Organization, Dengue (break-bone fever) is a viral infection that spreads from mosquitoes to people. It is more common in tropical and subtropical climates.
Most people who get dengue won’t have symptoms. But for those that do, the most common symptoms are high fever, headache, body aches, nausea and rash. Most will also get better in 1–2 weeks. Some people develop severe dengue and need care in a hospital.