Cases of dengue grow in the country and the provinces of Santa Fe and Córdoba reported an increase in positive tests for this disease in recent days. In the case of Santa Fe, the growth of positive tests were 70 percent more compared to the previous week.
According to the last Epidemiological Bulletin from the Ministry of Healthwhich collected data up to February 19 – epidemiological week 7 of the 2022-2023 season – at that time, 653 cases of dengue were registered, of which 559 had no travel history.
The provinces with viral circulation are Santa Fe, Salta, Jujuy, Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Tucumán and Córdoba. Catamarcawhile, confirmed his first case this Thursday, March 2.
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The Ministry of Health detailed in the report that during that period of analysis, 3,703 notifications of suspected cases were also registered, “consolidating an increasing trend in the last three weeks”.
“At the moment, the serotypes identified in the localities with viral circulation are DEN-2 (in Salta, Tucumán, Jujuy and Córdoba) and DEN-1 (in CABA and Santa Fe). In addition, isolated cases with a travel history and identification of the DEN-1 (Corrientes, Misiones, and Chaco), DEN-2 (in Buenos Aires, CABA, Córdoba, Mendoza, and Santa Fe), and DEN-3 (in Buenos Aires, Mendoza, and Santa Fe) serotypes were reported. Mendoza and CABA) ”, detailed Health.
The situation in Santa Fe: cases grew by 70 percent
In the province of Santa Fe, the number of people infected with dengue grew by more than 70 percent and thus went from the 452 reported a week ago to 783 cases this Thursday, March 2, local media reported.
Although the health authorities indicated that “no serious cases have been registered to date”, it is a considerable jump from one week to the next.
The city of Rosario, for its part, detected the first autochthonous case of dengue so far this season. During the first part of the 2022/2023 season, no autochthonous confirmed cases had been registered, with the exception of two isolated cases in Córdoba in December 2022.
Córdoba: 10 new cases and an outbreak in the southern zone
Córdoba adds 26 total confirmed infections during the current dengue season, and the authorities of the provincial Ministry of Health asked to take extreme preventive measures in homes to prevent the proliferation of the transmitting mosquito.
In recent weeks, an outbreak was registered in the southern area of the provincial capital and the director of Provincial Epidemiology, Laura López, highlighted that the cases “were detected thanks to the active search for febrile patients and from the first notification, they were carried out blocking actions aimed at minimizing the risk of transmission, visiting 1,562 homes in the area”.
“All the people received medical assistance and are evolving favorably,” he reported.
In relation to infections in the region, the official clarified that “since the last monitoring room, countries in the region such as Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia and also ours, have doubled or tripled the notification of dengue cases.”
So far, the health portfolio detailed, in that province 32 focus blockades were carried out, 25 in the capital and 7 in the interior in coordination with the respective municipalities.
In Jujuy there are 90 cases and 17 people hospitalized
The Jujuy Ministry of Health reported that there are 90 confirmed cases of dengue in the province. In the last one, 35 new positives were added, of which 32 correspond to Caimancito, a city located about 130 kilometers from the capital of Jujuy.
In that city, tasks are focused to contain the outbreak, while to date there are another 19 cases under study.
Of the total number of cases, some 17 people remain hospitalized in public and private health services, although “in stable condition and without a serious situation,” according to the Jujuy Ministry of Health in a press release.
Catamarca: the first case of dengue of the season was confirmed
The Ministry of Health of Catamarca confirmed the first “imported” case of dengue in the province. The affected patient is a 25-year-old woman from Santiago del Estero who is “stable”.
This is a young woman residing in the border town of Frías, Santiago del Estero, who was treated yesterday at the hospital in the Catamarcan town of Tapso.
According to the information in that portfolio, “when evaluated, the doctor detected symptoms and signs compatible with dengue disease in the stage after the febrile period, initiating the Epidemiological Surveillance circuit.”
Faced with this, they reported, “the pertinent sample was taken and hospitalization was proceeded to the Hospital Isolation Area, confirming the positive diagnosis today.”
Meanwhile, the Provincial Directorate of Epidemiology reported the case to the Epidemiological Surveillance of Santiago del Estero, which ordered to carry out controls in the Frías area.
Dengue: symptoms and prevention
Fever accompanied by one or more of the following symptoms:
Pain behind the eyes, headache, muscle and joint pain
nausea and vomiting
Appearance of spots on the skin
Itching and/or bleeding from the nose and gums
Faced with these symptoms, self-medication should be avoided and it is recommended to go to the health center immediately to receive the appropriate treatment.
To prevent it, the most important measure is the elimination of all mosquito breeding groundsthat is to say, of all the containers that contain water both inside the houses and in their surroundings.
Many of the containers where the mosquito breeds are not useful (cans, bottles, tires, pieces of plastic and canvas, cut drums). These containers must be removed.
If the containers cannot be eliminated because they are used frequently, mosquito access to their interior must be prevented (covering tanks, cisterns and/or cisterns) or preventing them from accumulating water, turning them over (buckets, basins, drums) or emptying them and brushing frequently (pot holders, drinking fountains), or putting them under cover (returnable bottles).
AG / ED
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