(CMR) The Ministry of Health and Wellness in St Lucia has said that the country has recorded close to 900 cases of dengue fever.
The ministry in a statement noted that as of October 24, the island had recorded 888 confirmed and 365 suspected dengue fever cases.
The highest number of cases confirmed continues to be in the northern part of the island, while the island's capital, Castries accounted for 28% of the cases.
According to the ministry, between October 11 and October 24, 2020, new cases were confirmed in the Micoud and Vieux-Fort districts.
“To date, two strains of dengue viruses, DENV3 and DENV2 have been identified as being in circulation in Saint Lucia during this outbreak,” said the ministry in a release.
In its mild form, dengue fever may present with fever, headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pains and a red itchy rash.
Saint Lucia declared it had an outbreak of the vector-borne disease on the island in August 2020.
To date, at least three persons have died from the mosquito borne illness.