The Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance (MISPAS) through the Vice Ministry of Collective Health and the General Directorate of Epidemiology (DIGEPI), notifies the population that the first imported case of cholera in the country has been confirmed.
The suspected case was timely detected the day after the patient entered the country through the National Epidemiological Surveillance System (SINAVE), and thanks to the timely notification, the rapid response committee was immediately activated, carrying out the interventions on the spot.
The case corresponds to a 32-year-old Haitian patient, which defines it as an imported case, since the patient has confirmed that they spent 14 days in Port-au-Prince Haiti, where the infections are recorded.
The patient entered the country on the 17th of the current month, from Port-au-Prince, traveling to the province of La Altagracia, and presented acute diarrhea suspected of cholera. The young woman is admitted to the Hospital Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia in the municipality of Higuey, receiving adequate treatment.
She also has amoebic colitis, acute pyelonephritis and pre-existing kidney failure. The Dominican Health Agency carried out the corresponding epidemiological fence, with all the people who may have had contact and so far there are no reports that they have presented symptoms of the disease.
Confirmation of the diagnosis was obtained last Thursday by the Doctor Defilló National Surveillance Laboratory, reporting Vibrio Cholerae, serogroup 01, serotype Ogawa.
Earlier, the Minister of Health, Dr. Daniel Rivera, reported that the patient ate food during her stay in Port-au-Prince, then felt ill and clinically here in the country began to present diarrhea. The epidemiological fence was immediately made.
He recalled that the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance (MISPAS) has been working on the preventive alert for this disease for more than three weeks, executing actions for the early detection of cases, activating response mechanisms and coordinating how to act against a suspected case. with local institutions.
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