Dengue is described as the “most complex” health situation in Cuba

The Cuban government described dengue as the health problem "more complex" in the countryas highlighted by the Presidency in a statement taken up this Thursday by the official press.

According to the Minister of Public Health, José Ángel Portal, there is transmission of the virus in the 15 provinces of the island.

According to Portal, incidence rate increased last week by 2.5% compared to the previous one. However, he did not reveal what it is.

The president, Miguel Díaz-Canel, met on Wednesday with the minister and the experts who monitor the progress of the disease -transmitted by the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito- and covid-19.

Cuba, as the Presidency statement recalled, has been working since 1992 on a strategy to create a vaccine against dengue.

"It is a path that still requires time, but that is becoming more and more viable given the strength of the wealth of knowledge and results achieved by Cuban scientists."was noted in the note.

Health authorities do not usually report positive cases on the island regularly, however, they have recognized several times that the epidemiological situation is complicated.

In addition, state television has reported a considerable increase in medical appointments for symptoms related to the disease.

For their part, the independent media have reported an increase in hospitalizations for suspicious fevers.

Last August 24, the Ministry of Public Health confirmed 11,634 reactive cases of denguealmost four times more than the positives reported in the first half of the year (3,036).

Reactive cases are understood as tests in which the presence of the pathogen is detected, either because the patient recently had the disease or because it is still active in the body.

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At the beginning of July that For the second year, Cuba broke the record for dengue mosquito breeding points in 15 years.

Last January, a test by the International Atomic Energy Agency culminated in Cuba with almost 1.3 million mosquitoes, which managed to reduce the population of the Aedes aegypti species by up to 90%.

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