Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Bridgetown, Barbados (January 4, 2024)
Location: Throughout Barbados
Event: Barbado’s Ministry of Health and Wellness confirmed a dengue fever outbreak in Barbados. Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne viral illness that is transmitted when the individual is bitten by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
The Barbados Government Information Service noted on December 15, 2023 that there were a suspected 1,712 and confirmed 277 cases in 2023 with no dengue-related deaths.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains a page tracking dengue risk around the world.
Dengue viruses are spread to people through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. Dengue is caused by one of any of four related viruses (dengue virus 1, 2, 3, and 4). A person can be infected with dengue multiple times in their life.
Aedes mosquitoes typically lay eggs in containers with standing water, like buckets, bowls, animal dishes, flowerpots, and vases. Mosquitoes come out to feed around sunrise and sunset, but people can be bitten by an infected mosquito at any time during the day or night. Aedes mosquitoes often like to rest in closets or other indoor locations near humans.
Symptoms of Dengue Fever
Mild symptoms of dengue can be confused with other illnesses that cause fever, aches and pains, or a rash.
The most common symptom of dengue is fever with any of the following:
- Nausea, vomiting
- Aches and pains (eye pain, typically behind the eyes, muscle, joint, or bone pain)
- Bruising of the arms and legs
- Itching of the palms of the hands and soles of the feet
- Any warning sign
Symptoms of dengue typically last 2–7 days. Most people will recover after about a week. In severe cases, dengue can cause shock, internal bleeding, and even death. Learn more about severe dengue.
Actions to Take:
- Consult the CDC website for more information about dengue transmission, testing, symptoms and treatment, and mosquito control.
- Seek medical treatment if you experience any symptoms that cause you concern.
U.S. Embassy Bridgetown, Barbados
State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
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