Via HaitiLibre.com: Health : More than 15,000 confirmed cases of chikungunya. This is a translation of a May 30 news release on the MSPP website.
Friday, the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) has met all its departmental and central Directors. The objective was to make them aware at the highest level, on the struggle, initiated against the chikungunya epidemic raging in Haiti.
"You must commit to the highest level in the fight, because there risk in the home. All government is sensitized against chikungunya, we have to get up to our task at MSPP," declared Dr. Marie Guirlaine Raymond Charité, Director General of the MSPP.
In order to facilitate interventions and fumigation and treatment of breeding sites on the ground, an average amount of 500,000 gourdes [US$11,510] was made available to each Departmental Directorate.
The latest statistics on the chikungunya epidemic until Friday, May 30, 2014, report 15,000 people contamined, from the first 14 cases officially declared on May 6, despite the measures taken to circumscribe. These data [partial] were collected in 52 of 908 health institutions available to MSPP across the country. At least one case of chikungunya was recorded in 95 (66%) of the 144 municipalities in the country said Dr. Raymond Charité.
For his part, Dr. Nataël Fenelon, an epidemiologist at the Directorate of Epidemiology, Laboratory and Research, made the history of the disease chikungunya, which began in Tanzania in 1953 and has traveled several countries Africa, Europe, the Caribbean to settle in America.
For his part, Mr. Yvan Saint Jean, entomologist, in another presentation, presented the different types of mosquitoes as agents of transmission of dengue, malaria, filariasis and chikungunya, and their dangerousness for the human environment. He recalled that the mosquito Aedes aegypti, which transmits the chikungunya, is the same that transmits malaria.
Mr. Saint Jean emphasized on the necessity of destroying all breeding sites, natural or artificial, to combat the vector of the disease. "All containers that can hold water in the environment or inside the houses shall be destroyed, because the eggs of Aedes can wait up to 18 months in a dry environment to wait for the water to hatch.