Dengue still a problem
Dengue is still the biggest epidemic in the country, according to Epidemiological Bulletin 45 that shows there have been 103 deaths and 14,432 probable cases so far this year. Most of the deaths were minors.
The report states that there are now 164.4 probable cases for each 100,000 inhabitants, which is a 1.07 times increase over last year.
In the last four weeks, 91% of the cases have been in 16 provinces: Santo Domingo (333), National District (190), Santiago (179), Espaillat (123), Puerto Plata (71), La Vega (61), San Cristobal (54), Hermanas Mirabal (47), Sanchez Ramirez (42), Valverde (40), Duarte (35), Azua (35), Monsenor Nouel (32), San Juan (25), San Jose de Ocoa (24) and Barahona (21).
Public Health Minister Freddy Hidalgo Nunez says that fewer deaths are occurring now and the year will end with less than 16,000 registered cases due to a slowdown in both deaths and registered cases over the last two weeks.
As far as other epidemics are concerned there has been a major decrease in leptospirosis over the last year, with 15 deaths and 100 probable cases this year n a decrease of 95% over 2012.
Incidence of cholera is up over last year with 1,834 cases and 41 deaths suspected from cholera so far this year. 15 have been confirmed. There have been 102 confirmed cases of rabies and 488 of malaria, the latter a reduction of 43% over last year.
Source: DR1, Diariolibre.com
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