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Published On: Thu, Jun 12th, 2014

Chikungunya cases in the Dominican Republic jumps 20,000 in one week, total over 77,000

The number of chikungunya cases in the Dominican Republic has jumped at least 20,000 cases in the past week while social mobilization efforts continue on the island nation.

According to the Dominican Republic Health Ministry (computer translated) Wednesday, the total number of cases is now 77,320 cases, of which 85% are concentrated in ten provinces.

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Medical experts on the island joined the Vigilance Commission for Health, headed by health minister Dr. Freddy Hidalgo Núñez, to evaluate and prepare weekly actions to continue efforts to prevent and control chikungunya, including establishing guidelines.

 Dr. Jesus Feris Church, President of the Dominican Society of Infectious Diseases said concerning the chikungunya vector, “people should be aware that the chikungunya mosquito that transmits it and only eliminating mosquito breeding sites can decrease the incidence of the disease.”

He goes on to say the Aedes mosquito has a lifespan of 30 days during which you can sting multiple times to different people.

CENCET director, José Manuel Puello said that mosquitoes transmit viruses when they bite a person who has this organism circulating in their blood and sucks the blood absorbs or virus with the sick person.

Specified that the mosquito carrying the virus in their gut and that ten days after the bite I received in the glands that produce saliva. “From that moment, because the virus out his saliva infected mosquitoes bites other healthy people, but before suck their own blood with saliva injected the virus to healthy person. “

He added that after 3 to 7days of the bites people begin to present symptoms of chikungunya.
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In addition, The Dominican Senate joined The Ministry of Public Health  in the continuation of social mobilization conference held Thursday in the La Cienega National District, according to health officials (computer translated).

Dr. Hidalgo Núñez, Minister of Health and President of the Senate led social mobilization in order to control chikungunya.

Health Minister Núñez highlighted the participation of the Senate in this conference to send a clear message to the public that the most appropriate measure to stop the spread of chikungunya is to eliminate mosquito breeding sites in homes message.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Monica says:

    I agree, this article was very poorly translated. It almost seems that it was done by 2 different people, the first part was fairly correct and then the second part was barely understandable.
    Come on Dominican Republic, if you want people to take you seriously, you can certainly do better then this, especially when it is something that has the potential of being read world wide.

  2. Dominican Republic accounts for 47 percent of chikungunya cases in the Caribbean | Repeating Islands says:

    […] According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) weekly chikungunya report for the Caribbean issued June 20, the Dominican Republic is now at 89,738 cases, up from 77,000 one week ago. […]

  3. Norma Rosa says:

    A very bad translation. Some paragraphs don’t make sense at all.

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