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Dengue, a mosquito-borne viral disease, killed about five students in St. VIncent and the Grenadines between 2020 and January 2021.

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The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment will host community outreach programmes on Bequia in the wake of the outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus, chikungunya, in the country.

The programmes will be held on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Paget Farm Community Centre, and on Wednesday at the Bequia Anglican Primary School in Port Elizabeth, beginning at 6 p.m.

The District Medical Officer on Bequia and other health professionals who serve in the Health Promotion Unit and the Insect Vector Control Unit will attend both sessions, Luis de Shong, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment said.

de Shong further urged residents of Bequia to attend the outreach programme and to arrive on time.

Thirty-nine cases of chikungunya have been confirmed in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Two of those cases are on mainland St. Vincent and the remaining 37 on Bequia.

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Last Thursday and Friday, the ministry conducted fogging operations in Kingstown as part of its mosquito control programme.