Public Health announces 56 cases of malaria in recent weeks
Over the last four weeks there have been 56 confirmed cases of malaria in the country, bringing the year’s total to 346 cases, according to the latest bulletin by the Directorate of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Public Health.
The Secretary of Health of Puerto Rico, Ana Rius, reported last Monday that there were three “imported” cases of malaria to Puerto Rico from the Dominican Republic and that the persons affected are recovering.
For her part, the Dominican Minister of Public Health, Altagracia Guzman, yesterday confirmed to the Nuevo Diario the existence of 10 cases over the last eight weeks in the area of Bavaro in the eastern part of the country where the three young Puerto Ricans who contracted malaria had stayed. She noted that the majority of these cases were registered in a place that was called “Haiti Chiquito” (Small Haiti).
The last epidemiological bulletin points out that besides reporting a total of 14 cases this week, two cases of malaria were imported from Haiti and French Guyana. The two foreign traced cases were of a 33-year old foreigner who lives in Pedernales, and a 27-year old Dominican woman, who lives in eastern Santo Domingo.
According to the bulletin, the 12 local cases of malaria were identified in various parts of the country: National District (2), East Santo Domingo (4), North Santo Domingo (2), the provinces of La Altagracia in the east of the country (3) in Dajabon in the Northwest (1).
July 23, 2015
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