Dengue stats

November 29, 2019

The National Surveillance Unit has recorded 63 suspected and confirmed dengue-related deaths from January 1, 2018 to November 21, 2019.

Twenty-two were confirmed by PCR testing, while 41 were classified as suspected based on clinical symptoms.

Of the 63 cases, 17 persons died in 2018 and 46 cases died in 2019.

The unit also informed that there have been a total of 13, 523 notifications for dengue.

Of that amount, 2233 were reported in 2018 and 11,290 reported in 2019, showing approximately a 500 per cent increase.

The data also indicated that:

* Of the 13, 523 notifications for the period, 7,856 cases with dates of onset in the period under review have been classified as suspected, presumed or confirmed cases of dengue (1,064 with dates onset in 2018 and 6,792 with dates onset in 2019.)

* Children and elderly are at high risk whose symptoms vary by age: fever/ chills, sore throat, muscle ache, fatigue, cough, headache and runny or stuffy nose. The flu can also worsen chronic medical conditions such as heart and lung disease

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