February 12, 2019 – 01:42
Throughout the period 2017-2018, 65 confirmed cases were registered. In the new phase, there are already 72. According to the Ministry of Health, no patients with Zika or Chikungunya were found.
Yesterday at noon, the Provincial Health Situation Room of the Provincial Ministry confirmed that the new dengue study led to 72 positive cases in the province during the four months since the start of surveillance in October. Last year only 65 cases were detected in eight months.
Nearly every year most patients are from Tartagal, Oran, Morillo, Mosconi and Vessel. Until three days ago, the record was 32 times. Maria Paula Herrera, who was in charge of the situation, warned that their number changed every day and that there were 5 cases in one day. Although at that time a confirmation of the necessary studies was expected, the suspicion already suggested a stronger outbreak than the surveillance period 2017-2018.
Although the tasks of controlling and disposing of veterinary medicinal products are carried out throughout the year and are the responsibility of the different municipalities, the period of intensive surveillance as a stage of controlling the spread of the Aedes aegypti mosquito and the diseases it transmits takes place from 1 October to 31 May. During these 32 weeks, attention is paid to the fever, which may be a symptom of dengue, lynx, chicanguage and yellow fever.
During the intensive surveillance period 2017-2018, a total of 65 positive cases, confirmed by a laboratory or epidemiological link, and 6 probable cases were recorded. During this period, the outbreak of dengue was recorded in: Tartagal, with 26 positive and 1 probable; Boat, 18 positive and 3 probable, and Professor Salvador Mazza, with 5 positive and 2 probable. There were 12 positive cases in the city of San Ramon de la Nueva Oran, confirmed by the laboratory, while in the capital there were 5 cases confirmed in the laboratory.
Maria Paula Herrera said that although Orán and Tartagal are giving more cases from Los Blancos, Morillo, in this city of Rivadavia, the problem is related to the size of the income from Formosa. "That's why at this point in this area they work on vector teams, both in the province and in the nation," he warned.
Herrera added that members of epidemiology are also in the field, helping to discover and care for new febrile cases as well as to throw away tasks. The head of the situational hall warns that although most of the cases have been imported, they favor the proliferation of autochthonous cases as the presence of the vector is found: Aedes aegypti.
Awareness raising also encourages the use of repellents, the cleaning of the shipyard to eliminate possible mosquito breeding sites and early consultation with health professionals for each symptom.
On the other hand, since the first week of surveillance in October 2018, there have been no cases of chicuongue or music.
As for the case of Zika, which occurred last year, those of pregnant women who had children in August and September remain under surveillance in their native countries.
Herrera explained that although prevention campaigns continue, the outbreak of one of the diseases is always recorded, not the three. "We have a vector, and when there was a dengue hearth in Bermeho and Ingeniero Juarez, it was to be expected that they came here. So far, according to the official announcements from Bolivia and Formosa, there are no cases of chicoguan or music, "he added. The Provincial Ministry of Health is conducting tracking of confirmed cases while suspects receive treatment from Day 1 to Day 7 when research results are known.
"So far, all cases have developed well and only two people needed hospitalization, but they are already registered," Herrera added. Faced with the emergency, which is happening in Santa Victoria Estee, overflowing with Pilcomayo, Health has confirmed that they are sanitary equipment for detecting possible infections and urgent action. Herrera stressed that there are now outbreaks such as the one that is currently happening, and it is known that the fight against dengue must be done daily to prevent the spread of a mosquito by raising awareness among the population to stop the spread of the disease.
In the case of floods in the north, we also seek to identify possible cases of leptospirosis that can be confused by the symptoms of dengue.
People can be infected with leptospirosis by direct contact with the urine of the infected animals or with water, soil or food contaminated with this urine. It is more common in warm climates.
Some of the symptoms are fever, headache, bleeding, muscle aches, chills, red eyes and vomiting. Without treatment, leptospirosis can cause kidney and liver damage or even death. Antibiotics are responsible for eliminating the infection.
Symptoms of dengue fever are fever, rash, and muscle and joint pain. In the most severe cases, there may be profound bleeding and shock, which can lead to death. Treatment includes hydration and analgesics. The most critical cases require hospital care. Those who are infected with the virus for the second time have a significantly higher risk of developing the disease in a more serious way.