Health Ministry issues dengue alert
Santo Domingo.- The dengue rate has reached alarming levels in the last five weeks, and the health authorities have recorded the deaths of three children between the ages of one and eleven.
The one-year old boy who died was from San Pedro de Macoris and was treated at the Robert Reid Cabral Pediatric Hospital in Santo Domingo. Two girls aged three and eleven from Sánchez Ramírez and Santiago died at the Arturo Grullón children’s hospital and Tamboril Municipal Hospital, according to the Ministry of Public Health epidemiology report.
These three deaths occurred in the first ten days of August.
At national level, 7,787 suspected cases have been reported so far this year, including 142 serious cases and 53 deaths.
According to the data the accumulated incidence is of 123 suspected cases per 100,000 inhabitants, more than double the rate in 2012.
The provinces with the highest rates are Santiago, Espaillat, Puerto Plata, Hermanas Mirabal, Duarte and Monseñor Nouel.
The epidemiological report also indicates a “slight increase” in cholera cases. Although 86% of reports are from La Altagracia province, an alert is also in place for the provinces of María Trinidad Sánchez, Samaná, Duarte, San Cristóbal, Santiago, National District and Santo Domingo.
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