The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment says the national response to the chikungunya outbreak must be prioritised in order to efficiently utilise resources.
“In this regard, the professionals within the Insect Vector Control Unit have increased fogging operations and other forms of source reduction on the mainland and also in the Grenadines,” the ministry said in a press release.
“In addition, on the island resorts where vector control activities are carried out by the developers, the professionals within the Ministry are performing the role of regulators.
“However, with the continuous increase in chikungunya occurrences throughout the country, operational plans are already being implemented for State direct intervention of vector control operations on islands such as Canouan, Mustique and Palm Island,” the ministry said.
The ministry further said its decisions were made as it continues to analyse the distribution of chikungunya occurrences throughout the country.
Chikungunya (Makonde for “that which bends up”) is an infection caused by the Chikungunya virus. It causes an illness with an acute febrile phase lasting two to five days, followed by a longer period of joint pains in the extremities; this pain may persist for years in some cases.
Chikungunya is spread through the bite of the aedes aegypti mosquito. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle pain, joint pain and swelling and rash.