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Jul 22, 2009

…But nurses prepared for dengue outbreak

Story PictureWhile there is trouble brewing over a shortage of doctors at the Cayo hospital, the outbreak of dengue is not going away. Earlier today, News Five spoke to a San Ignacio nurse who says that they are taking every necessary step to treat victims of break bone fever.

Josephine Garnett, Nurse
“We have dengue cases in San Ignacio already. What we do here at the hospital, we just treat symptomatically like if anybody come up with fever, we give them Tylenol. Also, if a person comes to the hospital that is a suspected dengue case clinically, the person would be—the doctor would order a blood test for the patient. This blood test would be a full blood count and platelet count. The platelet count would usually—if the person is suspected to have hemorrhagic dengue, the platelet low and the white blood cell would be low.”

Marleni Cuellar
“Are you guys prepared in case you have a number of hemorrhagic dengue cases? Do you have enough resources to treat the patients that come in?”

Josephine Garnett
“If we have a patient with hemorrhagic dengue that has complications, the person would be transferred to the referral hospital, the Western Regional Hospital in Belmopan and if the person gets more serious, the person would be transferred from Belmopan to the K.H.M.H.”

Marleni Cuellar
“Is there any extra precaution that the staff is taking or any information they want to get out there to the public about the dengue outbreak?”

Josephine Garnett
“Well, from our perspective we would try to encourage people to keep their yards clean, free from tires or receptacles that could collect water because eggs will be hatching during the rainy season and people will get the infection by the bite of the mosquito, the aegis aegypti mosquito. So we would want to tell people to keep as clean as possible. I would like to advise the people of san Ignacio and surrounding villages, Santa Elena and surrounding villages that the dengue is a viral infection and virus are not treated with antibiotics. We will advise them to take Tylenol just measures to bring down the fever. We wouldn’t advise people to be taking antibiotics for dengue because virus is not treated with antibiotics.”

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