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Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Presence of Dengue Concerns in Cuba

HAVANA ( Associated Press) – Cuban health officials reported on Friday that four provinces reported dengue transmission on the island, although it is not in an epidemic situation.

The national director of Surveillance and Anti-Vector Control of the Caribbean country, Madelaine Rivera, told local media that there is a 21.7% growth in outbreaks of the Aedes aegypti mosquito – the transmitting agent -, the highest of them in the last 15 years.

The official did not specify the number of outbreaks or infected people, but highlighted that four provinces – Havana, Camagüey in the center, Las Tunas and Holguín, in eastern Cuba – concentrate insect breeding sites and have “declared transmission of the disease”. there was “a complex context” in relation to dengue.

According to the official, 83% of the breeding sites are located in residential areas – uncovered tanks, abandoned water buckets or waste and debris in which water is accumulated for nesting -, which is why she urged the population to carry out inspections of their homes and destroy these possible nesting spaces.

In addition, he indicated that fumigation — carried out by the State — and surveillance of suspected cases in a feverish state for eventual hospitalization, as well as the use of fish as biological control of ponds, is intensified.

Rivera noted that the presence of Zika or chikungunya, which are also transmitted by mosquitoes, has not been reported.

The summer season with increased rainfall and humidity is the appropriate time for the multiplication of these vectors. Dengue in its hemorrhagic form can lead to the death of patients if not treated properly.

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