Dominican Republic: dengue remains a real scourge

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The Dominican Republic’s government this week strengthened measures against dengue fever, including increasing emergency health care capacity, with more than 12,000 suspected cases of the disease and eleven deaths recorded. this year, including two last week.

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An emergency meeting called by the Dominican head of state

President Luis Abinader has pushed through a series of measures to address the current dengue epidemic, including the expansion of door-to-door fumigation operations in high-risk areas against the mosquito that transmits this disease (Aedes aegypti). .

Strengthening cleaning campaigns

As reported by the spokesperson for the Presidency, Homero Figueroa, these measures, which will be implemented starting next Friday afternoon, also include the strengthening of cleaning campaigns in communities and public spaces to eliminate the larval breeding grounds of mosquitoes.

Likewise, awareness and education campaigns for the prevention of the disease will be expanded and a dengue action cabinet will be created.

The Dominican government is asking for the collaboration of the population, inviting them to keep the surroundings of their homes clean and to consult a doctor in the event of suspicious symptoms, because “early diagnosis is vital”.

Hospitals on alert

In addition, it will be ensured that hospitals have the necessary resources to treat patients admitted for this disease and “access to laboratory tests will be facilitated for a more accurate and rapid diagnosis of dengue”.

Dengue fever is rampant in several countries

Dengue is an acute viral disease transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito that is characterized by high fever, severe headache, muscle pain, gastrointestinal tract disorders, and skin rashes.

Dengue continues to affect Brazil, Colombia, Fiji, the Cook Islands, India, Kenya, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Reunion Island and Vietnam.

During this time …

The Dominican Republic will celebrate the 6th International Health and Wellness Tourism Congress next November 1 and 2, with the clear objective of consolidating itself as an exceptional destination for this market niche. It particularly concerns patients from North America as well as wealthy patients from Central and Latin America.

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