The spike in dengue fever began in July and soon turned into a full-blown outbreak. In fact, in early August, the US Embassy in Nassau issued a dengue fever warning for US travelers to the islands.
Many of the Caribbean Islands are also battling dengue fever including Turks and Caicos and Trinidad and Tobago.
Two Northern Virginia children were sickened by dengue after vacationing there last month.
In a Washington Post report Friday, two children ages 14 and 10 were infected with the mosquito-borne virus last month:
A 14-year-old Lorton boy came down with a high fever last month and such severe muscle aches that he could barely walk, his mother said Friday. Another boy, Collin Allen, 10, of Springfield, had severe headaches, fever, nausea and a rash, became dehydrated and was hospitalized for three days in late August, his mother, Terri Allen, said. Both recovered.
The Post also reports that coincidentally, the boys were treated at the same pediatric practice, Children’s Medical Associates of Northern Virginia, within a week of each other.
One of the mothers was reportedly upset over this saying she was never warned. True enough; the CDC didn’t publish an outbreak notice until last Thursday.
The most recent estimates on the dengue fever outbreak are in the ballpark of 3,500 cases. However, the good news is, the Minister of Health, Hubert Minnis said the number of cases being reported from health facilities has decreased.
Dr. Minnis said on the Facebook page, Dengue Fever Outbreak in the Bahamas Community:
“I am presently travelling on official government business, but I am in constant contact with my Ministry of Health officials who remain diligent and dedicated to seeing that we continue to educate regarding prevention and are giving the proper care and attention to those affected. Please stay tuned to the news reports. We will continue to update as information becomes available."
The reactions from fans of the page have been mixed on the Ministry’s response.
Some on the page are not too happy with the government’s actions or inaction to the dengue outbreak. One person writes: This situation has gone on for far to long with out any serious action by the Govt......where are the planes??? these little trucks driving around are a joke ...the fog is in the road but does it reach you back yard....No....
But another fan has a different view: OMG... now prey tell me why we need PLANES... WE LIVE IN SMALL COMMUNITIES..... I think that too many of you all watch TV, see what happens in BIG COUNTRIES like the U S A and think that we should do the same... REALIZE it or not....