Dengue on the rise in Cuba

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HAVANA, July 18th  Health Minister Carilda Peña Garcia has voiced concern about a spike in the mosquito-borne Dengue Fever as three of the four serotypes present in Latin America and the Caribbean, are in Cuba.Garcia warned the public that if a person contracts more than one strain of the disease, there is an increased possibility of them having hemorrhagic dengue.

According to Garcia, the increase in cases of Dengue Fever is not only a Cuban problem, as more than two million Dengue, Zika and Chikungunya cases were recently detected over the past few weeks in the Americas.

Since May and June, Cuba witnessed an increase in Dengue cases due to the rainy season and the life cycle of the mosquito.

Dr. Madelaine Rivera, who heads the anti-vector fight in the Health Ministry here said that 71 Cuban municipalities have reported a spike in Dengue Fever, and based on this everything needs to be done to prevent an epidemic.