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Cuba keeps health surveillance over Oropouche virus

Havana, May 27 (Prensa Latina) Cuba is keeping health surveillance over the transmission of the Oropouche virus, after several cases were identified in two healthcare areas in eastern Santiago de Cuba province.

The Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) explained in a statement that based on samples studied at the national reference laboratory of the Pedro Kourí Institute (IPK), patients were detected in the areas of the Ernesto Guevara and Songo la Maya regions in Santiago de Cuba.

Given this situation, “entomo-epidemiological actions have been taken to cut the chain of transmission and control of the disease in the shortest time possible,” MINSAP stated.

It added that all cases have evolved favorably with improvement in symptoms between the third and fourth days of the onset of the disease.

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) pointed out that the Oropouche fever is transmitted by vectors of the genus Culicidae (mosquitoes) and Culicoides (gnats).

In an official statement, the medical institution issued an epidemiological update on the presence of the virus in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Panama, Peru and Trinidad and Tobago.

“So far this year, the disease has been reported in the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia and Peru,” PAHO noted.

It pointed out that the clinical picture that manifests as a consequence of the disease is mild, preceded by an incubation period of five to seven days, which is characterized by fever, headaches, muscle and joint pain, sometimes also reported. vomiting and diarrhea.

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