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CARPHA urges member states to continue surveillance for dengue, chikungunya and zika

The Caribbean Public Health Agency is reminding the public that arboviral diseases such as dengue, chikungunya, and Zika are still circulating in the Caribbean region.
 
In light of this, CARPHA emphasizes the importance of prevention and control measures to reduce the transmission of these viruses.
 
Executive Director, Dr. Joy St. John, gave the assurance that CARPHA remains committed to strengthening public health systems for early detection and response to the emergence, re-emergence, and spread of arboviral infections.
 
CARPHA said given the increase in regional and international travel to the Caribbean and the presence of the Aedes aegypti mosquito which transmits dengue, chikungunya and Zika, member states should strengthen routine surveillance for undifferentiated fever in their communities.
 
CARPHA said it is also critical for the various ministries of health to continue public education campaigns to remind people of the importance of keeping their surroundings free of mosquito breeding sites and avoiding mosquito bites.
 


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