Cholera and dengue up
There has been an increase in the number of cholera cases over the last few weeks with 10 deaths to date, five more than at the same time last year.
According to the epidemic bulletin for week 20, the number of cases so far this year stands at 273, compared to 155 last year, and yesterday, Tuesday 16 June 2015, it was confirmed that an inmate had died of cholera in La Vega prison. Official records show that from 17 to 23 May, 11,745 cases of acute diarrhea were reported across the country, which is 3,059 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The provinces with the highest rates were Independencia, Pedernales and Barahona in the southwest.
Two suspected cholera cases were reported that the same week, a 36-year old woman in El Seibo and a 29 year old man in Santo Domingo.
Cholera causes acute diarrhea with rapid dehydration in patients and is transmitted by the vibrio cholera bacteria, which is found in their fecal matter.
Dengue fever cases are also on the rise with 26 deaths so far, 13 more than last year and 1,793 suspected cases, 852 more than last year. The provinces of Hermanas Mirabal (Salcedo) and Dajabon are now on yellow alert for dengue due to the number of cases registered there. The remaining 74% of dengue cases were reported in Santo Domingo, the National District, San Cristobal, Barahona, Duarte (San Francisco de Macoris), Santiago and Sanchez Ramirez (Cotui).
Source: DR1, Listindiario
June 17, 2015
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