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Dengue could reach epidemic level

Dengue fever is close to reaching epidemic status with 5,710 cases registered in the country in 2015 compared to 4,505 over the same period last year. There have been 66 deaths, most due to patients not receiving adequate medical care in time.

The deputy director of the Robert Reid Cabral Children’s Hospital, Dr. Clemente Terrero said that based on the statistics at their hospital, the number of cases had trebled over the past year. While stopping short of saying that there was an epidemic in the country, he said that it could be the situation before long.

A disease is defined an epidemic when the number of cases at any given time is higher than the previous year.

A total of 17 children have died at the Robert Reid Cabral Hospital this year, and the latest death was recorded last weekend (26-27 September 2015). Twenty children were admitted with dengue yesterday, Monday 28 September 2015 and two are being treated in the intensive care unit.

Source: DR1, DiarioLibre

Sep 29, 2015

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