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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Cuba strengthens epidemiologic monitoring to avoid Zika virus entry

Cuba has strengthened the epidemiologic monitoring in 24 entry sites in its borders with the goal of detecting possible Zika virus cases. Nonetheless, local health authorities have not reported any cases so far.

In 10 airports, 14 harbors and international marina, travelers and every person visiting the area will be subjected to body temperature controls and will fill a visitor’s form.

Body temperature controls will be carried out by scanners installed in those Cuban borders check points, said the head of health control of the Cuba’s Ministry of Public Health Carmelo Trujillo.

The specialist added that if any person has some fever when arriving at the country, he or she will be admitted in a hospital to carry out the required studies to determine the diagnosis and suggest a proper treatment according to the disease.

He also noted that Cuba’s personnel have been well trained. Cuban doctors are notified with updated information on the international epidemiologic situation and particularly, the status of transmittable diseases such as Zika, chikungunya, and dengue fever in Latin America.

In early February, the Ministry of Public Health reported that Cuba had adopted several measures to avoid the entrance of Zika virus in the island, and stated that there were no cases detected.

Cuba also reported that Zika virus is transmitted by the biting of mosquito “Aedes Aegypti” and “Aedes Albopictus”, both present in the Caribbean island.

The WHO declared —on February 1— a health emergency of global reach due to the increasing cases of microcephalia in newborns in Brazil. There is not proven relationship between Zika virus and this illness, though.

Cubasi Translation Staff

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