Cuba on alert over increase in dengue cases

The increase of cases of dengue and other diseases in the Americas has placed Cuba's healthcare system on alert, a senior official said on Wednesday.

Local health authorities are carrying out efforts to control Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes, which transmit dengue, Zika, and yellow fever, said Dr. Francisco Duran, national director of Hygiene and Epidemiology at the Cuban Ministry of Public Health.

These viral diseases represent a serious threat of morbidity and mortality for communities and families living in high-risk areas, he explained.

Although Cuba has suffered some dengue outbreaks in the first half of 2019, they all have been controlled, said the official.

Duran warned about the importance of strengthening prevention measures at home to prevent the breeding and proliferation of the vector.

It is also necessary to educate the population on the symptoms of these diseases to avoid deterioration and receive a timely treatment.

So far this year, more than 2 million dengue cases have already been reported in the Americas, where 70 percent of the population lives in conditions conductive to the transmission of the disease.

The country in the region which presents the most cases is Brazil, with more than 1 million cases and some yellow fever cases.

Duran made the remarks during the 26th International Course on Dengue, Zika, and other Arboviruses being hold at Havana's Pedro Kouri Institute of Tropical Medicine, which was attended by experts from 50 nations. 

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Cuba Faces Dengue Fever, Cholera, Zika and Chikungunya

Cuba is currently facing dengue outbreaks in several areas of the country, but nationally there are no reported cases of cholera, Chikungunya or transmission of Zika, an official source reported Tuesday.

This is what Dr. Regla Angulo, Deputy Chief of Epidemiology at the Ministry of Public Health, said during a meeting of members of the Health Commission of the National Assembly of People's Power.

The public health specialist referred to actions to face epidemic outbreaks of dengue, whose focus is mainly on water tanks.

Regarding this, Dr. Angulo warned of little perception of risk in the population, which undermines the hygiene-sanitary campaign.

She also said that the high temperature, the change in the cycle of precipitation and the proliferation of solid waste dumps contribute to the proliferation of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which bite transmits this disease.

Angulo said that in Cuba there are no cases of cholera diagnosed since the first semester of 2017, Zika transmission has not been reported for one year and there are no cases of Chikungunya.

These days, they work on the 10 permanent committees of the Cuban Parliament, which has on its agenda to approve the weekend draft laws on fisheries, national symbols and electoral legislation, in addition to other issues.


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