Epidemic Update: Officials warn Oropouche and Dengue will keep spreading due to uncontrollable mosquito infestation

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

The headline above focuses on mosquitos –which spread Oropouche and Dengue fever– but the root cause of this worsening epidemic is Castro, Inc., which has created the conditions for an explosion in the mosquito population that it is unable to stop. And Castro, Inc. can be blamed for creating other conditions that spell disaster.

No insecticides, no fumigation. Mountains of trash on the street. Stagnant water everywhere, as well as leaking sewage. No medications. Filthy hospitals. Already, as the epidemic is worsening, parents are refusing to take their children to hospitals due to poor hygiene conditions and shortages of supplies and medications.

From Diario de Cuba

The critical epidemiological situation in Santiago de Cuba is worsening due to the circulation of two dengue serotypes, which could lead to severe forms of the disease amidst diagnoses of Oropouche fever cases, according to Public Health authorities.

The official newspaper Sierra Maestra reported that “a problem is ‘brewing’ that could greatly surpass the damage caused by the new affliction,” referring to the newly detected virus.

Alfredo Cintra Guerra, head of the provincial department of Surveillance and Anti-Vector Control, stated that the region has a high infestation of the dengue-transmitting agent, especially in the central municipality, Palma Soriano, Contramaestre, Mella, and San Luis, where most cases of the arboviral disease have been detected.

Cintra Guerra mentioned that, under the direction of the Party and Government in the province, community actions are being carried out to eliminate micro-dumps, leaks, blockages, and other conditions that favor mosquito proliferation.

The official acknowledged that current economic limitations prevent large-scale interventions but added that Public Health continues to carry out adulticide treatments (fumigation) and focal treatments in the homes of unspecified febrile syndrome cases and neighboring properties, as well as in blocks with dengue transmission.

However, these measures are not enough to guarantee the containment of arboviruses, and he urged that from homes, workplaces, and neighborhoods, “action for collective health should be increased.”

According to Cintra Guerra, low-lying water tanks remain the most common breeding grounds detected, though there is growing concern among health authorities about the increase in artificial breeding sites in domestic spaces (empty bottles, cans, and unburied tires where water accumulates and Aedes mosquitoes breed).

The official reminded that severe dengue can be fatal and that children, pregnant women, chronic patients, and the elderly are the most at risk.

“What needs to be done, we know well: eliminate everything that could become a breeding site; clear overgrown areas, dig trenches to prevent rainwater accumulation in puddles, avoid throwing waste into public streets, and seek medical attention for fever. These measures will also help prevent Oropouche fever,” he said.

Amidst this situation and warnings from Carilda Peña García, Deputy Minister of Public Health, that the Oropouche virus is spreading rapidly and could surpass the infestation caused by dengue, parents in the province are refusing to admit their children to hospitals due to poor hygiene conditions and shortages of supplies and medications.

A mother interviewed by DIARIO DE CUBA lamented that she admitted her daughter with dengue and discharged her “with amoebas and pyodermatitis.”

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