Preventing Mayaro virus
The Dominican health authorities are advising the public to take measures to prevent the possible arrival of the Mayaro virus, which was recently detected in a patient in Haiti.
Deputy Health Minister Jose Manuel Puello says the virus is spread by mosquitoes such as the aedes aegypti, which is endemic in the country and which also transmits dengue, chikungunya and zika.
He said that researchers from a Florida university had recently found the virus in Haiti where it had never been seen before.
There is no vaccine against the virus whose symptoms are fever, inflammation, joint and eye pain and a skin rash. The only way to prevent its spread is to eliminate this type of mosquito.
Puello said that the Public Health Ministry was planning a new campaign to eliminate the mosquito’s breeding grounds.
Source: DR1, Eldia
Sep 22, 2016
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