Chikungunya outbreak: Guyana sends over 1,000 samples for testing

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Fogging being done in Kitty, Georgetown in May
Fogging being done in Kitty, Georgetown in May

[www.inewsguyana.com] – Since the alert for the chikungunya disease began some weeks ago, the Ministry of Health has sent over 1000 samples to be tested at the regional lab run by Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in Trinidad and Tobago.

According to reports, people with symptoms of the disease are predominantly from Berbice, Region Six. Thus far, only 15 cases have been confirmed after being tested.

The Ministry is awaiting the arrival of additional results which are expected by Monday the latest. These results will inform further evaluations and measures to be taken.

Over the past weeks, there have been extensive fogging exercises and the second segment of fogging is scheduled to commence sometime next week.

The Vector Control Service also took the fogging and other preventative measures to Region Five, which has led to a significant reduction in the mosquito population.

These activities will continue, especially since the rainy season has commenced. Notably, there have been no reported cases from Region Five to date.

Moreover, the Ministry will be continuing the fogging cycle every two weeks in the areas that are considered most vulnerable. Fogging will also recommence in the City of Georgetown shortly.

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