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Haiti - FLASH : State of epidemiological alert in Haiti due to a highly contagious disease
This was reported on Sunday by a source from the Ministry's Epidemiology Department, who clarified that the alert included border health centers.
Sunday the Dominican Ministry of Health indicated that it remains vigilant to any situation that could trigger an alert in the country regarding the skin infection reported in Haiti.
According to the Ministry, so far the Dominican Republic has not recorded any cases similar to those reported in Haiti explaining that the Ministry had activated the sentinel surveillance plan in the areas most at risk in hospitals and at border crossings to act immediately if any type of situation related to this disease is detected.
It clarified that he had not yet received any national notification from the Epidemiological Surveillance System, concerning the suspicious skin disease of unknown origin circulating in Haiti. However, he clarified that information has been received from Dominican consulates in Haiti regarding an increase in cases of skin infections in the Haitian population.
For its part, the Dominican Society of Dermatology wanted to be reassuring and asked the population not to be alarmed by this first news, assuring that the Dominican Republic had highly qualified specialists to respond to all skin infections.
Preventive measures recommended by the Haitian Ministry of Health :
According to the information available. There is no confirmation of the parasite that causes this infection, but the measures for its control are the same as for scabies:
1. Avoid direct contact with an infected person;
2. Boil bedding;
3. Disinfect clothing, sheets, pillows and bath towels;
4. Ventilate spaces
5. Wash with clean water;
6. Above all, avoid scratching your skin despite the urge.
Counting on the cooperation of everyone, the Ministry invites the population to be vigilant in order to curb the spread of this infectious disease."
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