He increase in cases of dengue in the City of Buenos Aires modified epidemiological criteria of the Buenos Aires Ministry of Health for the diagnosis of the disease. From now on, in the presence of certain symptoms, the patient would be considered “positive”.
This decision in particular impacts the population of the Mataderos neighborhood, where a worrisome outbreak was recorded. Together with Liniers and Parque Avellaneda, they make up commune 9, an area in which 42% of the 2,260 cases of dengue detected in the City occurred from July 2022 to date.
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For this reason, the authorities reported that patients who arrive at the emergency room with symptoms compatible with this virus transmitted by the mosquito Aedes aegyptithey will receive the positive dengue diagnosiswithout going through any diagnostic test, as published Clarion.
Meanwhile, it is worth clarifying that self-diagnosis is not stimulated. The Buenos Aires Ministry of Health recommends that dengue suspects go to the guard, where they should be evaluated for cross-fever symptoms with a clinical examination and, in addition, with a complete blood count, which should be repeated 48 to 72 hours later, as part of the disease control routine.
What are the symptoms of dengue?
The symptoms of dengue are:
- Fever accompanied by one or more of the following symptoms:
- Pain behind the eyes, headache, muscle and joint pain
- nausea and vomiting
- intense tiredness
- Appearance of spots on the skin
- Itching and/or bleeding from the nose and gums
Which is the treatment?
According to the National Ministry of Health, there is no vaccine or specific treatment for dengue. Thus, treatment is mainly symptomatic. Infected people are recommended to drink plenty of water to replenish fluids and perform daily medical monitoring and control.
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How can it be prevented?
As there are no vaccines that prevent dengue or medicines that cure itthe most important measure of prevention is the elimination of all mosquito breeding sitesthat is to say, of all the containers that contain water both inside the houses and in their surroundings.
Many of the containers where the mosquito breeds are not useful (cans, bottles, tires, pieces of plastic and canvas, cut drums). These containers must be removed.
It is worth noting that fumigation is not enough to eliminate the mosquito.
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