Dengue fatalities reach 110, the worst number in recent years
SANTO DOMINGO. The number of deaths caused by dengue fever reached the official figure of 110 at the end of November of this year, 42 cases above the total number reported in 2012.
Regarding the number of probable cases, bulletin number 48 of the General Directorate of Epidemiology lists 15,521.
For epidemiologist Luis Reyes, the deaths from dengue are the result, among other things, of late diagnosis, a lack of quality care and medical monitoring.
He said that the authorities of the Ministry of Public Health and the Pan American Health Organization have trained medical personnel on the proper handling of the persons with dengue, but if they do not provide a timely monitoring, the fatalities will continue to rise.
Regarding the large number of cases, the specialist attributes this to the fact that there is an improved watch for detection of the illness and the fact that they have made more accurate diagnosis.
Also, he said, the incidence of dengue is affected by the amount of rains the country has had.
He recommends the promotion of complete prevention, which involves not only the people and their surroundings, but also the different state institutions so that they maintain the areas and the water supply clean, since he reminds people that the dengue is transmitted by a mosquito that reproduces in clean and stagnant water in cans and other refuse around houses and businesses.
Dr. Reyes recommends that the prevention campaigns against the dengue be permanent, not only in the critical periods and that they maintain the watchfulness and controls on the places where outbreaks are reported.
According to the latest epidemiological bulletin, as of 30 November the dengue continues being the event of the greatest incidence with a rate of 163.9 probable cases for each 100,000 inhabitants, representing an increase of 1.07 times the number of 2012.
The disease had a greater incidence in the last four weeks, with 81% of the cases (844/1096) concentrated in the provinces: Santo Domingo (238), Santiago (142), Espaillat (83), Puerto Plata (63), La Vega (62), San Cristóbal (39), San Juan (39), Duarte (38), Valverde (31), Monseñor Nouel (30) and the National District (119).
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