The Government of Barbados, through the Ministry of Health & Wellness, has confirmed a dengue fever outbreak in that country.
Chief Medical Officer Dr Kenneth George disclosed on Saturday that the threshold was reached at the end of September, with 518 cases being recorded, compared with 241 for the corresponding period in 2022.
Of the 40 confirmed cases of dengue for the year, 28 were recorded in September.
The Pan American Health Organization has also advised of dengue outbreaks in Martinique and Guadeloupe in the Eastern Caribbean, with the dengue virus serotype 2 resulting in some hospitalisations.
Cases have also been rising in the OECS, including Grenada.
Dengue fever is endemic in Barbados, with occasional outbreaks.
Jamaica also recently confirmed a dengue outbreak.