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    Pinar Del Rio, Under Siege By Dengue Fever / 14ymedio, Juan Carlos Fernandez
    Posted on September 30, 2015

    14ymedio, Juan Carlos Fernandez, 29 September 2015 – The fear of
    contracting dengue fever keeps thousands of families on tenterhooks in
    the province of Pinar del Rio, especially those with young children.

    Problems with the water supply are among the main causes for the
    outbreak, said a family doctor from the Hermanos Barcón People’s
    Council, who requested anonymity. “People build tanks, cisterns and try
    to store water and that is a constant focus of vectors,” he says. “There
    are areas in the city that only receive water every fifteen days,”
    adding that the “poor state of the health centers in the capital makes
    many people with the disease try to hide it so they will not be forced
    to go to a hospital,” thereby increasing the risk of contagion.

    Hospitals have reinforced their services to deal with cases of dengue
    fever, especially Leon Cuervo Rubio Hospital and Abel Santamaría General
    Teaching Hospital, which has one room only for pregnant women. It has
    also set up a room at the Simon Boliver Health Polytechnic and another
    for infants in the Turcios Lima polyclinic, while in the Pepe Portilla
    Pediatric Hospital the avalanche of fever cases has required them to
    place beds in the corridors, with mosquito nets to prevent transmission.

    Although health authorities spread the word about the increase of cases
    in the region they have not yet provided data on infections. Dr. Mérida
    Morales Lugo, head of the International Sanitary Control Program, simply
    explained last Friday in a statement to the local newspaper Guerrilla
    that conditions are favorable for “accelerated vector reproduction,”
    referring to the Aedes aegypti mosquito. However, the specialist said,
    so far there are no cases of hemorrhagic dengue fever, the most feared
    form of the disease.

    There are confirmed cases of dengue fever in the four health areas of
    the Pinar del Rio capital and in eight of its People’s Councils, an area
    that has a population of about 122,000. The disease has also reached the
    municipalities of San Luis, San Juan y Martinez and Consolacion del Sur,
    near the provincial capital.

    Health authorities have urged people to go to the doctor at the least
    sign of fever symptoms. Medical students, staff in all the family
    medicine offices and public health administrative workers have been
    mobilized along with other workplace employees to search house to house,
    looking for people with symptoms of the disease.

    Source: Pinar Del Rio, Under Siege By Dengue Fever / 14ymedio, Juan
    Carlos Fernandez | Translating Cuba –

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