Cuba Keeps Tab on Chikungunya, Zika and Dengue

By: Juventud Rebelde

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2016-09-16 | 17:10:01 EST

Cuba promotes technological innovation and scientific research projects about the entomology and mosquito control, from which action protocols will be improved

No case of chikungunya has been reported in the country so far. The cases of zika virus identified amount to 33 –with 30 imported cases -, and the dengue transmission was cut off last July, so there’s no register of the disease, said Director of Hygiene and Epidemiology from the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) Francisco Durán García.

Cuba will host a meeting on the implementation of a strategy to prevent and control diseases like dengue, chikungunya, zika and others with representatives from all the American countries to take place in Havana on October 20 and 21 as it was announced.

Doctor Durán told the meeting at Havana’s office of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), that Cuba is an ideal country to host this regional event, since following April’s intensive campaign against Aedes Aegypti and Albopictus we have kept on with the epidemiological monitoring, the mosquito control campaign, the laboratory diagnosis and the actions for health promotion.

Prior to the regional event, MINSAP National director for Science and Technologic Innovation Ileana Morales announced a meeting at Pedro Kourí Institute for Tropical Medicine to take place on October 19 with US and Cuban scientists where topics associated to arboviruses will be discussed.

“The participants in the regional event will visit family doctor’s offices and primary health care facilities, hospitals and research centers to understand the mechanisms which allow to carry out the mosquito control campaign, sanitation actions and health promotion.”

Morales added that projects for technologic innovation and scientific research regarding entomology and mosquito control are underway, from which we can improve our action protocols.              

PAHO and WHO representative in Cuba Christian Morales said that the exchange of local experience will allow to reach consensus among the countries of the region for the design of an efficient strategy for vector control against these and other diseases like yellow fever. He insisted on the need to promote a comprehensive approach and strengthen health service for differencial diagnosis and the treatment of arboviruses.

Translated by ESTI

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