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Members of the public have been placed on high alert for the spread of dengue fever following a particular discovery by the Ministry of health.

According to Chief Medical officer Dr Merlene Fredericks, officials have discovered an increase in the number of reported cases here, which has triggered the alert. She pointed out that while there is an increase in reported cases it has not reached epidemic proportions. As a result members of the public are being urged to be cautious.

Dr Fredericks has also advised on how to mitigate the spread of dengue. She says the most effective means of preventing dengue fever is to avoid breeding spaces for the vector which causes the illness. She has encouraged individuals to ensure that there is no standing water in and around the home. So far there have been no reported cases of deaths from Dengue fever since the most recent alert. However Dr Fredericks notes that investigations are currently ongoing into one suspected case

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