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Arbovirus complicates epidemiological situation in western Cuba

 ARTEMISA, Cuba, Nov 24(ACN) The province of Artemisa is witnessing a sustained drop in the number of COVID-19 infections but an increase of dengue cases, which makes epidemiological control all the more complicated and demands a higher perception of risk among the population.

Doctor Eiglys Argudín Somonte, provincial director of Hygiene and Epidemiology, told ACN that 68 cases of dengue were detected between November 7 to 13 and 113 the following week.

“Our province has seen a rise in the number of medical consultations and hospital admissions of patients with non-specific febrile syndrome who are being tested for the presence of dengue fever,” she said. “We still have problems regarding the thoroughness of household inspections, the poor sanitation of yards and communities, and the existence of many lidless garbage bins and micro-dumping sites in our streets, all of which contributes to virus transmission.”

Specialists of the Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology are appealing to people to observe the health protocols designed to prevent diseases caused by the Aedes Aegity mosquito.

Twenty patients in the province remain either homebound or in isolation centers, seven of them children and none in critical or serious condition, according to provincial health director Yanelis Amador Borrego. She added that more than 6,600 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to at-risk groups such workers in public health, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Tourism, Customs, and the Group of the Biotechnological and Pharmaceutical Industries of Cuba (BioCubaFarma).

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