martes, agosto 01, 2006

More than 600 cases of dengue fever in Havana, Cuba.


By: José Antonio Fornaris*
Havana, Cuba - July 2006.

New dengue fever wave strikes Havana. More than 600 new cases of Dengue Fever have been recorded in the Havana municipalities of El Cerro, Centro Habana, and Arroyo Naranjo, said employees of the Public Health department who wished to remain anonymous.

Authorities have been meeting with physicians and nurses to apprise them of the situation. They have also ordered a clean up campaign in Old Havana, presumably to eliminate breeding areas for the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, the vector for the disease.
The last outbreak of dengue in the Cuban capital was January 2002. At that time, a clean up campaign picked up more than a million square meters of debris and trash that had accumulated in city streets.

* Cuban independent journalist, Cuba Verdad Agency.

2 comentarios:

Anónimo dijo...

he latest news about Castro's health

During last night Round Table program on Cuban TV, Randy Alonso said that he had just spoken to Fidel Castro and went on to read a statement about what he allegedly told him.

According to Alonso, Castro told him that his condition was stable and that he feels fine, but that from now on his health will be considered a "state secret" and there will be fewer reports on his status.

However, several doctors who were interviewed on Miami and national TV said that it was near impossible for someone who had such a critical surgery like the one Castro had, to be talking over the phone less than 24 hours later as Alonso claimed.

For one thing, he is probably on a respirator for at least 48 to 72 hours and also the general anesthesia

required for such an operation has severe side effect on people who are as old as Castro is and makes them to hallucinate and temporarily lose memory.

Jose Antonio Fornaris dijo...

Continúa el dengue en La Habana
José Antonio Fornaris

LA HABANA, Cuba - 2 de agosto (José Antonio Fornaris, – Aunque oficialmente no se ha reconocido, el dengue continúa afectando a la población habanera.

Casi a diario los hogares son visitados por trabajadores de la salud y por comisiones integradas por empleados de distintos sectores, encargados de revisar los depósitos de agua. Preguntan si las plantas se encuentran en recipientes con tierra, si hay en la casa los llamados “vasos espirituales”, y si alguien en la vivienda ha tenido fiebre.

A su vez, en la entrada de los edificios multifamiliares se han colocado instrucciones impresas en las que se indica a los vecinos cómo realizar pesquisas dentro del hogar, con el fin de eliminar algún posible foco del mosquito Aedes aegypti, denominado “agresor”

Sólo en la zona que comprende las barriadas de Managua y Frank País, en el municipio Arroyo Naranjo, existen siete casos de dengue hemorrágico, de acuerdo a lo expresado por uno de los visitadores. Los enfermos, según la fuente, se encuentran ingresados en el Instituto de Medicina Tropical Pedro Kourí.

En esa misma zona de la capital existe hace varios meses un brote de hepatitis que no ha podido controlarse. Las autoridades sanitarias tienen prohibida la venta de refrescos que no hayan sido envasados industrialmente, y se han tomado medidas para el consumo de agua. Al mismo tiempo, informaciones no confirmadas indican que en Santiago de Cuba han fallecido cinco personas, tres mujeres y dos hombres, debido al dengue.