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Epidemiological Nightmare In Santiago De Cuba

Epidemiological Nightmare In Santiago De Cuba / 14ymedio
Posted on November 3, 2015

The number of cholera cases is information that hospitals and
polyclinics guard as a great secret.

14ymedio, Santiago de Cuba, 3 November 2015 — The city of Santiago de
Cuba is experiencing an epidemiological nightmare right now with spread
across the area of dengue fever and cholera. The problem has been
exacerbated by deficiencies in water supply due to the severe drought
affecting the country. The application of chlorine at building entrances
and lime outside food establishments has changed the face of the eastern

The number of cholera cases is information that hospitals and
polyclinics guard like a great secret. On the street there is talk of
dozens of deaths from sudden overwhelming diarrhea.

In Palma Soriano, cars circulate every day with loudspeakers calling for
strengthened hygienic measures. Washing of hands and not drinking soft
drinks and prepared drinks (made with the local water), along with
greater care in the handling of food, are some of the widespread

Establishments such as the Youth Computer Club on Ferreiro Street have
closed their doors to the public to avoid infection. On Monday afternoon
the place was undergoing intense cleaning with chlorine. The closures of
public places set of growing alarm in a population that is no detailed
information about what is happening.

The leader of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) in the province, Jose
Daniel Ferrer, explains that in the neighborhood of Altamira “in the
areas where food is sold they are not selling anything that isn’t canned
or bottled.” According to the activist, several “stalls selling food
products were closed for ten days and they applied lime in the doorways”
to avoid infection with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae .

Dengue fever is another problem. Hospitals are overflowing with
suspected cases. The activist and contributor to this newspaper, Yosmany
Mayeta, is one of those admitted to Juan Bruno Sayas General
Hospital. At present, he is being given treatement while awaiting an
analysis to confirm the diagnosis.

This morning, at the September 28 Policlinic, reports show on a few
admissions for suspected cholera in the last months. However, the name
of the disease is not used in medical records and the patients are
recorded as suffering from acute diarrhea.

So far the local authorities have not confirmed the information and the
newspaper Sierra Maestra does not mention the presence of cholera in the
area, although health warnings continue to be issued to the population
by the Provincial Center of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Microbiology.

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