Chikungunya has taken over Santo Domingo: 136,000 possible cases

The Dominican Republic has registered 136,835 suspected cases of the Chikungunya virus, including 30,519 new cases, of which eight are confirmed, the Public Health Ministry Central Epidemiology Directorate reported on Wednesday 25 June.

The suspicious deaths attributed to the disease are still at three, and the rate of incidence is 1,318 per 100,000 inhabitants.

The epidemiological report says that the laboratory at the Center for the Control and Prevention of Diseases confirmed the presence of the virus in 18 provinces.

The epidemiological report says that the laboratory at the Center for the Control and Prevention of Diseases confirmed the presence of the virus in 18 provinces.

The authorities, with the aim of learning about the impact of the epidemic, recently carried out a survey with a sample of 942 passengers on the two lines of the Santo Domingo Metro, which showed that 68% (648) of households in the Greater Santo Domingo area have had at least one suspected case of the virus and that 44% of individuals have presented symptoms that are compatible with the disease, while only 3% required hospitalization.

They also measured the absenteeism among workers and schoolchildren, and the results showed a 29% level in the first case and a 20% level in the second case. In another statement, Public Health Minister Freddy Hidalgo said that the virus only occurs once, although its effects could last for several months.

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