“In Córdoba there are no cases of Oropuche”, Here we tell you the recommendations

“In Córdoba there are no cases of Oropuche”, Here we tell you the recommendations
“In Córdoba there are no cases of Oropuche”, Here we tell you the recommendations

“In Córdoba there are no cases of Oropuche”, Here we tell you the recommendations

The Government of Córdoba, through its Health Development Secretariat, gave some peace of mind to citizens, since so far there is no scientific evidence of the presence of the Oropouche virus in the territory.

The Secretary of Health of Cordoba, Carlos Vasco Álvarez, explained that the Department’s Epidemiological Surveillance System (SIVIGILA) has analyzed serological samples but none has detected the presence of this virus that is transmitted by the Culicoides Paraensis mosquito. “However, we must be very alert, informing and reporting to our entire health system, specifically to the providing institutions, about some type of abnormality that may occur both in the clinical management and the presentation of this type of events,” said the secretary. .

The head of the health portfolio in Córdoba pointed out that in Colombia the National Institute of Health has verified 57 cases, of which 55 occurred in the department of Amazonas, Caquetá and Meta, but none in the Atlantic or the Caribbean.
The above confirms what was published in a February 2024 study by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), which indicates that the Oropouche virus outbreaks recorded in the last ten years have taken place mainly in the Amazon region.

That same report indicates that Oropouche fever is an emerging disease in the Amazon region, which has affected several Latin American countries, which is transmitted by the bite of a mosquito and produces a condition similar to dengue. The virus has an incubation period of 4 to 8 days, the onset is sudden, it generally presents symptoms such as fever, headache, bone and/or joint pain, chills, and sometimes nausea accompanied by persistent vomiting for up to 5 days. to 7 days, and occasionally aseptic meningitis may occur.

The invitation from the Government of Córdoba is to be alert to any symptoms and to contact medical services, since it could be dengue.

These are some recommendations to control the spread of vector-transmitted viruses such as dengue, malaria, oropuche:

-Identification and elimination of water reservoirs such as tires, bottles and lids, among others.

-Keep places where water is stored covered, such as swimming pools, tubs, buckets, to prevent the reproduction of mosquito larvae;

-Eliminate weeds around houses.

-Protect homes with hooks or mesh mosquito nets on doors and windows.

-Use clothing that covers legs and arms, as well as repellents.

-Avoid outdoor activities during the period of greatest mosquito activity, that is, at dawn and dusk.

-In the case of people at greater risk of being stung, such as field workers, the use of clothing that covers exposed parts of the body is recommended.

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