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Dengue fever and malaria in the Dominican Republic

March 17, 2019, 11:02Santo Domingo, March 17 (Prensa Latina) Dengue and malaria, two diseases transmitted to humans by mosquitoes, recorded significant growth in the first two months of this year, according to official data released today.

Dengue fever increased by 302 percent compared to the same period last year, and malaria by 179, that is, the system caught 624 probable cases of first disease and 79 cases second.

As additional information, the Ministry of Health stated that in the case of dengue, 78% of probable and confirmed cases correspond to children under 15 years of age and the highest incidence of cases occurs in the population of Santo Domingo and Barahona. ,

Due to the influence of these conditions, medical facilities have recommended the general population to immediately come to the doctor if they have symptoms of fever and general malaise, and have not expected serious illnesses.

It was also warned of pertussis, respiratory disease, which increased by 742 percent, from four cases in the first two months of last year to 34 cases this year.

Malaria is caused by the Plasmodium parasite, which is transmitted by the bite of an infected anopheles mosquito that has behavior patterns and breeding sites other than Aedes Aegypti, a dengue transmitter.

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