Chikungunya cases top 136,000
SANTO DOMINGO. The country has registered 136,835 suspected cases of the Chikungunya virus, including 30,519 new cases, of which 8 are confirmed, the Central Directorate of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Public Health reported yesterday.
The suspicious deaths attributed to the disease are still at three, and the rate of incidence is 1318 per 100,000 inhabitants.
The epidemiological report says that the laboratory at the Center for the Control and Prevention of Diseases confirmed the existence of the virus in 18 provinces.
The authorities, with the aim of learning about the impact of the epidemic, recently carried out a survey with a sample of 942 passengers on the two lines of the Santo Domingo Metro, which showed that 68% (648) of the homes in the Greater Santo Domingo area have had at least one suspected case of the virus and that 44% of the persons have presented a symptoms that are compatible with the disease, and in these only 3% required hospitalization.
In the survey they also measured the absenteeism of workers and school children, and the results showed a 29% level in the first case and a 20% level in the second case.
In the Americas, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the authorities have registered 183,781 suspected cases and 22 deaths.
The presence of Chikungunya has been reported in 18 countries.
Program carried out
The Minister of Public Health, Freddy Hidalgo Nuñez, and the president of the Cruz Jiminian foundation, Antonio Cruz Jiminian, headed a program of prevention and control of Chikungunya and dengue in the Cristo Rey sector of the National District.
The minister reported that in the demonstrations and programs that they have been doing all over the national territory, they have eliminated over a million breeding grounds, which greatly contributes to the control of the disease.
He reiterated that the disease does not repeat itself, but rather that the disease has three stages, two of which are intense, whose symptoms are fever and pains in the joints, and one is chronic in the bones that could last for months.
For his part, Dr. Cruz Jiminian expressed his approval of the actions by the health authorities to prevent and control dengue and Chikungunya.
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