Both Zika and dengue have decreased
The Public Health Ministry’s Epidemiology Department reports that there has been a notable decrease in cases of Zika and Dengue fever as well as other diseases associated with mosquitoes.*
On Friday, 18 November 2016 the World Health Organization (WHO) and its regional partner, the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) officially declared that Zika was no longer a health emergency in the Dominican Republic.
The epidemiology reports for weeks 43 and 44 of 2016 registered barely six cases of Zika in Greater Santo Domingo and the province of Azua. The Public Health Ministry reported the incidence of the main diseases of obligatory notification, including the six suspected cases of Zika, five of which affect residents in Santo Domingo and one in Azua, one case affecting a woman in the 21st week of pregnancy.
Over the last four weeks suspected cases of Zika have been recorded in 12 cities, including Santo Domingo West with five cases, Santo Domingo East with two cases, and the National District and Santiago with two cases each.
The Ministry of Public Health added that the incidence of Guillian Barre Syndrome had also diminished; pointing out that this complication can also be caused by other types of common infections. There were 45 suspected cases of dengue, 856 fewer than the same period in 2015.
The Public Health Report also includes information on malaria, respiratory diseases, cholera, leptospirosis, and maternal and infant fatalities.
Nov 26, 2016
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