considered an endemic illness, as the mosquito transmitters
reproduce year-round, with the highest reproduction rate occurring
during the annual hurricane season. In 2003, 470 cases of classic
dengue, and 423 cases of hemorrhagic dengue were registered in July
alone. The disease could easily become a major problem if
appropriate control measures are not taken, considering the wide
range of people affected, as well as the number of undiagnosed and
un-hospitalized cases that occur.
Steps have been taken by
sanitation authorities to initiate prevention and information
campaigns, and larvacides have been distributed for use in the water
supply. The ultimate goal is to considerably reduce the
reproduction of the transmitter mosquitoes, and future steps include
the spraying of insecticide in streets throughout the state.