Oropouche outbreak intensifies in Cuba; officials warn of ‘perfect storm’ conditions for devastating epidemic

From our Bureau of Socialist Plague Control with some assistance from our Bureau of Latrine American Medical Powerhouses

Oropouche fever continues to spread in Castrogonia — now reported closer to Havana, in Mayabeque and Matanzas — due to a lethal combination of poor hygiene, shortages of water, medicines, electric power, and insecticides. All of these factors are compounded by the uncontrollable growth of mosquito populations and the nearly total lack of screens on the windows of Cuban homes. No wonder Castro, Inc. is not mincing words and warning Cubans of a brewing “perfect storm.”

Loosely translated from Marti Noticias

The Oropouche virus (OROV) is spreading in Santiago de Cuba, where several residents informed Martí Noticias that in health centers, doctors have nothing to offer the affected individuals, food remains scarce, and the fumigation campaign to combat the proliferation of the transmitting mosquito is very limited.

Carilda Peña García, Deputy Minister of Public Health, confirmed that OROV has been identified as the cause of hundreds of febrile cases in that province and may surpass the infestation caused by dengue.

The official, who led a governmental commission to assess the situation, described the virus’s spread in eastern Cuba as notable.

The symptoms of OROV include the sudden onset of high fever, headache, myalgia, skin rash, joint pain, and vomiting.

“Since Friday, fever, and more fever, and the headache that doesn’t go away with anything. We don’t have the means for medication or food, and they tell you that you have to stay at home, you can’t go out,” declared Claribel Rodríguez from the Altamira neighborhood.

The Santiago resident explained that power outages worsen the situation: “They keep punishing us with the power cuts, and that’s hitting us hard too, because—imagine—mosquitoes take advantage to bite you. We need them to come and fumigate.”

The Cuban Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) reported that the rains and high temperatures favor the virus cycle within the mosquito and acknowledged that “economic conditions limiting efforts to control breeding sites create a perfect storm for the proliferation of these diseases.”

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