Chikungunya virus affected 1,608 people

Posted on July 10, 2014

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Cáceres yamileth nacional@eldiariodehoy.com Wednesday, July 9, 2014

In the most recent week, the Ministry of Health (Health Ministry) recorded 96 patients with symptoms of chikungunya virus. With the new data, the cumulative cases in the country amounted to 1,608.

Julio Robles Ticas, Deputy Minister of Health Services, said the attention has been given in La Libertad, San Miguel, San Salvador, San Vicente, Sonsonate and Usulutan.

San Salvador and San Vicente departments are more cases reported: 1,432 and 137, respectively.

The outbreak was located in the canton Zapote down Resume in late April.

But it was not until June 27 that the Health Ministry confirmed the presence of the virus in the country. So far, 12 samples sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States reconfirmed chikungunya circulation in the country.

In the canton Zapote Below, villagers had joint pain, high fever and skin rash. The disease spread rapidly.

Residents requesting the Health Ministry for weeks clear and timely treatment.

Ticas Robles said that the measures taken, including the day of removal of mosquito breeding sites and the suspension of classes, have halted the advance of the epidemic.

The groups most affected by the virus are age 10 to 19, from 20 to 29 years and children under nine years.

While the circulation of dengue continues to advance, as in the most recent week 333 new cases of infection were confirmed.

According to the report from the Health Ministry, so far this year 6,031 positive tests for the disease are recorded. Last year at the same date, they were 11,158.

While the number of hospitalizations increased from 1,133 in 2013 to 1.606 in 2014 so far. This represents an increase of 42 percent.

Ticas Robles said that “there is no mosquito dengue or chikungunya virus there.” He added that it is critical that families continue destroying mosquito breeding sites of dengue.

Ticas Robles indicated that 79 percent of mosquito breeding is detected utensil, such as vases and pots.

San Salvador, Sonsonate, Cuscatlan, Cabanas, Chalatenango and San Vicente are the departments with the highest rates of dengue.

The Health Ministry reported that the age group most affected is the one at 19.

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