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Trinidad: Public health inspectors to fine citizens as dengue cases surge

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by Radhica De Silva (Trinidad Guardian) In response to the alarming rise in dengue cases, public health inspectors in T&T have been authorized to issue fines of $3,500 to citizens if their premises become breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

This was revealed by Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh as he spoke on the Morning Brew on Tuesday about the dramatic increase in dengue cases across the Caribbean and Latin America.

Highlighting the severity of the situation, Deyalsingh said there has been a 300 per cent increase in dengue cases in the Caribbean.

“We need to get the population to understand that while spraying is part of the response, source reduction is crucial. Look at scrapyards, clean up your lots, and ensure your surroundings are free from potential mosquito breeding sites or you will be fined,” he warned.

He said the Caribbean and Latin America have been severely impacted by dengue fever.

“Globally, as of April, there have been 3.4 million confirmed cases, with 16,000 severe cases and 3,000 deaths. This is a global Caribbean, Latin American problem,” Deyalsingh said.

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