Health authorities in Martinique have reported a continuing spike in dengue fever, with an average of 800 cases a week for the past three weeks.
In August this year, the French-speaking Caribbean Island had declared a dengue fever epidemic.
Martinique 1 Ere, quoting the Regional Health Agency, said to date, the Island had recorded fourteen serious cases.
The number included six deaths.
As a result, health officials have urged residents to be vigilant and take preventative measures.
A sudden onset of fever accompanied by one or more of the following symptoms characterises dengue fever :
- joint and/or muscle pain
- feeling of great fatigue
Martinique health officials have urged residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites, eliminate breeding grounds, and immediately seek medical attention if they experience symptoms.