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Cuba is extremely vigilant regarding children’s acute hepatitis


Cuba is extremely vigilant regarding children’s acute hepatitis

Havana, May 16 (Prensa Latina) Cuba is taking extreme health surveillance measures in the event of a possible arrival of acute childhood hepatitis of an unknown origin, the head of the National Pediatrics Group at the Ministry of Public Health (Minsap), Lissette Lopez informed on Monday.
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According to the expert, Cuba has a system to deal with epidemiological events containing tools designed to face these situations and applicable to each territory.

She stated that health authorities are working intensively to detect any possible case, and specified the activation of methods for research and training of medical personnel in this scenario.

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver with whose manifestations the country’s health personnel are familiar.

According to the physician, the alarming aspect of this context, and the reason why the World Health Organization (WHO) issued an alert is due to the torpid evolution of a percentage of the patients suffering from the disease.

She recommended being on the alert in case of light-colored stools, dark urine or jaundice (yellowish coloration of the skin).

She also advised to go to a healthcare center if there is a suspicion of the disease, to drink water from safe sources, to wash hands frequently and disinfecting surfaces, and not to self-medicate.

Although so far Cuba has not reported any suspects with this disease, laboratory tests are carried out daily at the Pedro Kouri Institute of Tropical Medicine for the research of possible cases, Health Minister Jose Angel Portal said recently.


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