The Caribbean Public Health Agency or CARPHA has called on health officials across the region to prepare for the possibility of a severe outbreak of the mosquito borne Dengue Fever.
In a statement yesterday CARPHA said the last major regional outbreak of Dengue occurred in 2009.
Since then, the Region has experienced two large outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases, Chikungunya in 2014 and Zika in 2016, which are unlikely to recur soon.
The regional agency also said that disease modeling predicts that another regional outbreak of Dengue may occur in the near future," adding that last year, Latin America showed an increase in the number of Dengue cases.
CARPHA has also pointed to the recent outbreak of Dengue in Jamaica, saying that it has elevated the level of concern in other Caribbean islands.