Mothers can breast feed their children in spite of having Chikungunya
SD. The women that are affected by the virus of Chikungunya and are breast feeding their children can continue to do so without fear of transmitting the disease.
Doctor Jose Manuel Puello made it clear yesterday that there does not exist the slightest possibility the disease can be transmitted through the mother’s milk.
He recalled that in the cases of babies infected with the virus by the mother, these are due to a contact in the placenta, only.
“There is no way that they can be infected through the breast. So that mothers can continue feeding,” stressed Puello, who is the director of the Center for Tropical Disease Control of the Ministry of Public Health.
The cases of Chikungunya, or suspected cases of this virus, continue to fill the country’s hospitals, where every day they receive hundreds of patients, with a high proportion being minors.
According to the latest epidemiological bulletin from Public Health, there are now more than 77,000 persons affected, with a variation of 20,382 new cases in a week.
Although they do not give the numbers of the age brackets, the pediatric emergency rooms of the hospitals are still overflowing with children. Such is the case of the Robert Reid Cabral Materno-Infantile Hospital and the Luis Eduardo Aybar.
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) as of last week reported the autochthonous transmission by the virus in 18 countries, while in another nine, they received nine imported cases.
Peru and Costa Rica are the most recent in reporting its first cases of the Chikungunya, whose transmissions were acquired outside the countries.
The sanitary authorities of Venezuela, El Salvador, Guatemala, Cuba Panama, Haiti, Brazil, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Uruguay confirmed cases of the disease. There is also an alarm in other nations of the hemisphere due to the rapid advance that the virus has had with.
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