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Mosquito Awareness Month in the Turks and Caicos Islands

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#TurksandCaicos, May 21, 2018 – Providenciales – There has been a significant amount of rain within the Turks and Caicos Islands over the past few weeks. The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is warning residents within the Caribbean region to “gear-up for the possibility of a major outbreak of dengue fever in 2018.”

Latin America reported that they have had increases in the number of reported Dengue cases in recent months.  The Ministry of Health, Agriculture, Sports and Human Services is taking a proactive approach by advising the general public to take precautions to safeguard against mosquito bites and reduce the risk of mosquitoes breeding in their communities.

Additionally, persons are being advised to reduce the risk of mosquito bites through using air conditioning or window and door screens in order to reduce the risk of mosquitoes coming indoors.  Proper application of mosquito repellents containing 20% to 30% DEET as the active ingredient on exposed skin and clothing also decreases the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes.

The week of the 7th-13th was observed as Mosquito Week under the theme “Fight the bite, destroy all mosquito breeding sites”. Turks and Caicos Islands has gone further by dedicating the month of May to vector borne disease awareness.

Efforts to stop mosquitoes breeding have been increased and the general public is being encouraged to work with the Environmental Health Department in reducing mosquito breeding sites throughout the TCI.

Research by CARPHA and the Pan American Health Organization and World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) shows that drums and tires are the main mosquito breeding sources in Caribbean countries. Therefore, we need to keep our surroundings clean.

The Minister of Health, Agriculture, Sports and Human Services, Hon. Edwin Astwood urges the public to take action by covering drums and tanks, checking the guttering, removing stagnant water sources and protecting one’s self and family from bites.

Dengue is a flu-like illness that can become severe and may cause death if prompt treatment is not received.  Symptoms normally begin four to ten days after being bitten by an infected mosquito and may include a high fever, headache, vomiting, muscle and joint pains, and a characteristic skin rash.

There is no cure or specific treatment for dengue. Treatment involves relieving your symptoms while the infection runs its course. It is advisable that you use Panadol to relieve pain and fever and avoid taking aspirin or Ibuprofen. Drink plenty of water and consult your doctor. Symptoms may last for a week.

For more information, contact the Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit on 3382772 or contact the Environmental Health Department on 3382143.

 

Release: Ministry of Health, Agriculture, Sports and Human Services

 

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OFFICIAL STATEMENT from Carnival Cruise Line

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#TurksandCaicos, May 26, 2022 – Earlier this morning, Carnival Freedom’s emergency response team quickly activated and extinguished a fire inside the ship’s funnel while the ship was in Grand Turk.All guests and crew are safe, and the ship’s guests were cleared by local authorities to go ashore. We continue to assess the situation. Carnival Freedom left Port Canaveral on Monday on a five-day cruise.

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Governor Nigel Dakin on Carnival Cruise Line Fire

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#TurksandCaicos, May 26, 2022 – Magnetic Media can again Update:  Emergency teams including TCI Regiment members were on standby, ready to act once 911 alerted about the fire on board Carnival Freedom, says Nigel Dakin, TCI Governor.The assistance was, however not required as the crew communicated having the situation under control.The question is now, whether the fire has rendered the vessel inoperable. Will it be healthy enough to continue its itinerary.At this hour the Deputy Governor and the Home Affairs Minister are en route to the Grand Turk Cruise Center. The DDME is accompanying them as well, said the governor.“…we remain poised to help if needed, including responding to any requests that may be made by Carnival in support of passengers,” said Governor Dakin.Carnival Cruise Line has also since issued a statement.

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Carnival Freedom suffers fire damage while at port

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#TurksandCaicos, May 26, 2022 – Magnetic Media can report, information is fluid and changing as we give a update on the incident at the Grand Turk Cruise Port.Cruise passengers sharing photos and videos Stateside have given an up close perspective on this fright at sea, which greets us on this Thursday morning.Guest images show that it is the Carnival Freedom, exhaust stack ablaze in a menacing fire that had passengers scrambling to safety.The Carnival Freedom cruise ship which set sail from Port Canaveral, Florida suffered this disaster onboard; no word on what becomes of the voyage given the damages caught on cell phone cameras.While some information is changing, steady is the report that no one is hurt.Tweeted by ‘Chester 4×4’ the video is now making social media rounds and has been picked up by mainstream media in Florida.Officials had not spoken to the alarming matter up to the time of this post.

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