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Friday, September 25, 2009
Expert Denies Epidemic Dengue in Cuba
Havana, Sep 25.- Doctor Luis Estruch Rancaño, Deputy Minister of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Microbiology at the Public Health Ministry, stated that there is no dengue epidemic in Cuba.
Nor have deaths from that illness been produced, considered one of the viral diseases transmitted by most important vectors in America.
About 43 cases of dengue in travelers arrived from abroad, one of them caused 10 cases of secondary outbreak in the Havana municipality of Centro Habana and another in the neighborhood of Miramar, Playa, have been informed in the island this year.
Health authorities have sparked off an epidemiological fight faced with the possibility of secondary outbreaks, Estruch Rancaño told Granma newspaper.
Another 41 patients from abroad diagnosed in the nation's several provinces have not brought about a secondary transmission of the disease, and since the medical point of view, they are currently "closed cases," the expert stated.
The Pan-American Health Organization has considered 2009 the year in which epidemic dengue has had more intensity in America, where the disease is reported in 35 countries.
Nearly 613,893 cases of dengue (11,601 hemorrhagic) and 211 deaths so far, have been registered until August 24. (PL).