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PAHO warns against Oropouche fever outbreak in the Americas

Washington, May 27 (Prensa Latina) Oropouche fever, a virus transmitted by vectors of the genus Culicidae (mosquitoes) and Culicoides (midges), is now affecting rural and urban communities in Central and South America, as well as in Caribbean countries.

In an official statement issued by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the entity issued an epidemiological update on the presence of the virus in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Panama, Peru and Trinidad and Tobago.

So far, the disease has been reported in the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia and Peru’, PAHO said.

It explained that the symptoms manifested as a result of the disease are mild, preceded by an incubation period of five to seven days, characterized by fever, headaches, muscle and joint pains, sometimes vomiting and diarrhea.

The report specifies that so far, no serious, critical cases or deaths associated with Oropouche fever have been reported.

There is no specific treatment, only general measures to alleviate the symptoms, the regional health organization pointed out.

The Public Health Ministry (MINSAP) in Cuba identified the Oropouche virus, based on samples found in two municipalities in the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba and studied at the national reference laboratory of the Pedro Kourí Institute (IPK).

All cases have evolved favorably with improvement of symptoms between the third and fourth day of the onset of the disease, the MINSAP said in the press release.

It assured that entomo-epidemiological actions are being taken in Cuba to sever the chain of infection and control he disease as soon as possible.