The Ministry of Public Health reports more than 400,000 cases of chikungunya
SANTO DOMINGO. The Dominican Republic has registered 416,135 suspected cases of chikungunya, including 27,512 that were registered late, and 18,482 new cases, according to the Director General of Epidemiology.
This information covers the week of 27 July to 2 August, while the Pan-American Health Organization reports that as of 8 August, 33 countries and territories of the Americas have reported 570,972 suspected cases of chikungunya and 32 fatalities related with the disease.
In general terms, the Director of Epidemiology reports the downward tendency of this disease continues although in the North region of the country there is important epidemic activity.
With regard to the three deaths related to chikungunya, they said that an inter-institutional committee analyzed these fatalities and determined that two of the fatalities were notified as cases of dengue.
Among the fatalities there was an eight day old baby boy who acquired the virus from his mother while she was pregnant.
The other cases were of two women of 68 and 88 years of age with pre-existing conditions.
The chikungunya virus is transmitted by the bite of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, the same one that transmits dengue and malaria.
At least 49 persons have died in the country from dengue so far this year, while the number of persons affected has reached more than 3998 probable cases.
The accumulated incidence is up to 66.8 probable cases for each 100,000 inhabitants, and the provinces in the Central Cibao region are more than 50% of the national situation according to the report in the epidemiological bulletin for week number 30.
They also reported seven new cases of malaria for a total of 157 confirmed cases.
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