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Cuban health authorities call to prevent Oropouche Fever

Havana, May 27 (Prensa Latina) Cuban health authorities today urged the population to remain alert to the presence in the country of Oropouche Fever, a virus transmitted by vectors of the genus Culicidae (mosquitoes) and Culicoides (gnats).

In contact with the press, the national director of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Public Health (Minsap), Francisco Durán, recommended going to the doctor for symptoms such as fever, headaches, muscle and joint pain, and sometimes also vomiting and diarrhea.

Likewise, he called for preventive sanitation work to be carried out, since this mosquito reproduces in any type of stagnant water, even with high levels of contamination.

According to the Minsap, monitoring and surveillance actions are carried out on non-specific febrile syndromes in the province of Santiago de Cuba, where the presence of the virus was identified in two Health areas, based on samples studied in the national reference laboratory. from the Pedro Kourí Institute (IPK).

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

Entomo-epidemiological actions are being developed to cut the chain of transmission and achieve control of the disease in the shortest time possible, the institution stated in the note.

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) recently updated on the presence in the Region of the Americas of Oropouche Fever, in rural and urban communities 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.

According to the information, the clinical picture that manifests as a consequence of the disease is mild, preceded by an incubation period of five to seven days.

No serious or critical cases or deaths have been reported associated with the virus. There is no specific treatment, only general measures to relieve symptoms.