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Barbados records four deaths from dengue fever

Bridgetown, Apr 13 (Prensa Latina) Health authorities in Barbados confirmed more than a thousand cases of dengue fever and four deaths associated with the disease since the beginning of the current outbreak last October until April 6, local media reported.

According to data from the Ministry of Health and Welfare, only 105 patients were registered in the same period last year and, although the number of patients continues to decrease, the figures remain above the epidemic threshold.

The Barbados Today website states that several people were referred to institutions with warning signs and some were hospitalized with severe variants of the disease, whose predominant serotypes in the country, according to studies, have been 2 and 3.

Health authorities have advised the population to implement measures to avoid contracting the disease, such as the use of repellent, protective clothing and mosquito nets; the elimination of breeding sites of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits the disease, and the maintenance of a clean environment.