Director of Emergency, Disaster Management and Special Services, Dr. Marion Bullock DuCasse is urging individuals who may be experiencing severe symptoms of dengue fever or dengue haemorrhagic fever (DHF) to visit the nearest health facility immediately.
Dengue haemorrhagic fever is a severe form of dengue fever which often causes death. In such cases persons may experience symptoms of dengue fever such as sudden onset of high fever with severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle, bone or joint pain, skin rash and vomiting or feeling nauseous. In addition, severe and continuous stomach pains, pale, cold, clammy skin, bleeding from the nose, mouth or gums, skin bruising, frequent vomiting (with or without blood), difficulty in breathing and fainting may also be experienced in the case of DHF.
The complications associated with dengue haemorrhagic fever usually starts after the fever goes down. In severe cases, patients go into shock called dengue shock syndrome.
“If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and have any reason to believe you or a family member may have dengue haemorrhagic fever or dengue shock syndrome, you need to go to the nearest health facility immediately,” said Dr. DuCasse.
Jamaica is currently experiencing an outbreak of dengue fever and has recorded an increase in the number of cases since the start of the year, with the Ministry reporting a total of 1,710 suspected cases of dengue fever as at October 13, 2012, compared to 429 for the corresponding period last year and 2,642 for the same period in 2010 which was an outbreak year.
Individuals who wish to obtain more information on dengue may call the Ministry’s Emergency Operations Centre at 1888-663-5683 (1888 ONE LOVE), from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.
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