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Cases of COVID-19 and Dengue Fever Are on the Rise in Cuba

COVID-19, Cuba, dengue, MINSAP

MADRID, Spain. – Cuban authorities acknowledged the increase in COVID-19 and dengue fever cases in the country during the last month.

So far in the month of July, transmission of the COVID-19 virus has risen 83.8% with respect to the month of June, as the average number of cases per day has risen to 41.9, compared to 22.8 accounted for during June, as stated by specialists at the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP, by its Spanish acronym) during their weekly meeting.

Until July 9th, 207 cases remained active, 66 more cases than the prior week, indicated Ángel Portal Miranda, Minister of Public Health.

Havana, Pinar del Río and Holguín are the provinces most likely to show an increase in contagions.

During the meeting, which was covered by the official Cubadebate, experts pointed out that it is necessary to “insist that individuals use face masks voluntarily, because it is an effective prevention method against the possibility that there may be an increase in positive cases.”

Regarding dengue fever, health authorities indicate that, at present, five provinces evidence transmission of the disease.

According to their information, the rate of suspicious cases increased 42% last week with respect to the previous week. The areas showing cases that number above the median for the country are Isle of Youth, Camagüey, Holguín, Havana, Guantánamo and Pinar del Río.

At the start of July, the Ministry of Public Health informed the public that the island was on dengue fever alert, and also that 2022 to date records the highest number of dengue fever cases in the last 15 years.

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Dengue Fever Alert in Cuba: The Largest Number of Outbreaks in the Last Fifteen Years

Cuba, dengue, espirituanos, aedes aegypti

MIAMI, United States. –  The Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP, by its Spanish acronym) announced Tuesday that the country is on dengue fever alert, and that the number of outbreaks that has been registered for 2022 is the largest in 15 years.

According to a press note published by the state’s Agencia Cubana de Noticias (ACN, by its Spanish acronym), this alert has been issued especially for four provinces: Havana, Camagüey, Las Tunas and Holguín.

Dr. Madelaine Rivera Sánchez, national director of Cuba’s Vector Watch and Control (Vigilancia y Lucha Antivectorial), the outbreaks of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito are distributed as follows: Havana (16.5%); Holguín (13.5%); Santiago de Cuba (113%); and Camagüey (11.8%). Seventeen municipalities account for 60.8% of outbreaks in the country.

Although the government has not revealed real numbers regarding contagion or people who are sick with the disease, outbreaks in 2022 increased 21.7% over the same period in 2021.

Cuban authorities hold the population responsible for finding solutions to the problem, and they are calling for strict vigilance of water deposits where the mosquito breeds. According to Rivera Sánchez, it is precisely in those water containers that 83% of the outbreaks are located.

She also explained that 90% of the vector control inspectors’ task had been completed, which allows for more residential facilities to be reached. However, she made it clear that, contrary to fumigation practices in previous years, today, only homes where there is a person with a fever or who tested positive for dengue are being fumigated.

In addition to the alert that pertains to these four provinces, there is fear that another 71 municipalities may be at risk. According to Rivera Sánchez, the government is also reinforcing focal treatment with anti-vector larvicide and the destruction of water deposits.

However, in spite of the alert, this official stated that “due to the fuel shortages in the country, there will not be full-scale fumigation as called for in the traditional protocol, but we will continue to work on detecting possible outbreaks.”

Rivera Sánchez indicated that the situation “is complex”, but she assures that one cannot talk of epidemic in Cuba and that “temporary groups in the provinces are constantly analyzing the disease’s situation and the state of mosquito infestation.”

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