More than 32,000 probable cases of Chikungunya in DR
SANTO DOMINGO. Given the increase in probable cases of the Chikungunya virus, now calculated at 32.519 by the General Directorate of Epidemiology at the Ministry of Public Health, Minister Freddy Hidalgo ordered special areas prepared in the hospitals to attend the cases of this fever. Also, he announced the creation and delivery this Wednesday to health centers and to the private clinics of a guide for handling the disease in which there are standardized criteria of diagnosis and treatment.
At least 20 provinces have reported the presence of the virus. On the other hand, the authorities have reported the existence of probable cases of dengue in 12 provinces and the National District. Dengue is transmitted by the same mosquito that transmits the Chikungunya fever virus.
Guide for Chikungunya
In their continuation of preventive actions, the Ministry of Public Health presented the guide for the handling and treatment of the Chikungunya virus, which makes the Dominican Republic the first country in the Americas which has this type of tool.
The document establishes the processes for the early detection and the opportunity for treatment, according to the individual needs that are presented.
The presentation of the document was done yesterday during the meeting of the National Oversight Commission and in the meeting the representative of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Lilian Reneau Vernon, congratulated the country for taking the lead in the preparation of the guide which will become a reference for those countries that could be affected by the epidemic.
In this order, she reported that the epidemic is present in 16 countries of the region, where they have reported 51.139 suspected cases of which 4,853 were confirmed by laboratories and there have been six deaths reported.
They did not say where the six deaths occurred.
The Chikungunya is prevented by maintaining hygiene measures such as the elimination of old tires in back yards and alleyways, as well as old refuse where water can accumulate, because they serve as breeding grounds for the mosquito.
Another technique is to spread chlorine around the edges of water barrels and keep them properly covered.
Mosquito nets should be used during the day, preferably, since that is when the vector attacks, and in this way avoid the bites and possible transmission of the disease.
Persons with symptoms of the virus should get to a doctor to be evaluated and discard the possibility of dengue or some other illness with similar symptoms.
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