The Department of Public Health released the report on Mosquito-borne illnesses 2018

ORANJESTAD - The Department of Public Health recently reported that in 2018, a total of 309 suspected mosquito-borne diseases have been reported at the Infectious Diseases section.

From the 309 suspected cases, 7 where positive for Dengue, 1 for Chikungunya, 3 for Zika excluding expecting patients. If compared with the previous year, the amount of cases have remain under the endemic norms  and the Department of Public Health is very satisfied with these results, as this helps keeping the international image of Aruba positive as well. These results also reflects the fact that the community is more aware of the consequences of having mosquito breeding places.

From the pregnant group, a total of 757 women have been screened and monitored for Zika according to the protocol. From the screened group, 43 did have Zika in the past while 12 have where positive for having Zika during the screening period.

Despite the low amount of confirmed cases in 2018, it is important to stay focused on the prevention of breeding locations during the upcoming rainy season.

For more information please contact the Department of Public Health’s section for Infectious Diseases at 5224200.

Incidence of vector-borne diseases by district in 2018