Dengue transmission speed decreases in Cuba

Dengue transmission speed decreases in Cuba
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21 September 2022
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Havana, Sep 21 (RHC) Cuba has been experiencing a decrease in the speed of dengue transmission for the past five weeks, but health authorities remain on alert for the disease.

In this context, Cuba's Public Health Ministry (Minsap) warned that the risk of getting sick is still high, as the infection rates caused by the Aedes aegypti mosquito remain high.

The provinces with the highest incidence rate of suspected cases are Santiago de Cuba, Havana, Guantánamo, Las Tunas, Matanzas, and Mayabeque, as well as the special municipality of Isla de la Juventud.

The highest number of outbreaks is concentrated in Santiago de Cuba, Havana, Camagüey, Holguín, Matanzas, Villa Clara, and Pinar del Río.

According to Granma newspaper, the Ministry warned that the largest number of outbreaks is detected in water storage tanks, with 71.5 percent.

Recently, Doctor of Science Eric Martínez, from the Pedro Kourí Institute of Tropical Medicine, explained that this disease carries more risks for children and adolescents than for adults.

He insisted that the main epidemiological criterion to be followed for its treatment is to consider as a possible case of dengue every child, coming from or residing in an area with dengue transmission, who presents an acute febrile condition.

The Aedes aegypti mosquito, the transmitting agent, demonstrated its capacity to adapt and survive.  Its eggs can stay up to 13 months in the humid walls of a container, explained the First Deputy Minister of Public Health, Tania Margarita Cruz.

High temperatures accelerate the hatching process, which is why most cases occur in the summer. (Source: Prensa Latina).

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