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Circulation of three respiratory viruses increase cases of febrile conditions throughout DR

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At least three types of respiratory viruses have been circulating in the country in recent weeks, causing an increase in cases of patients who come to health centers seeking medical attention for febrile conditions.

The viruses that circulate are respiratory syncytial ( a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. Most people recover in a week or two, but RSV can be serious, especially for infants and older adults) and those of influenza AH3N2 and AH1N1 pdm09, according to the latest epidemiological surveillance report recorded by the Directorate General of Epidemiology in its bulletin 37.

Patients come to the doctor presenting fever, chills, malaise, headache, and muscle, cough, nasal congestion, and sore throat. In some cases, the condition is complicated by an asthma crisis, bronchitis, and pneumonia.

The epidemiological report indicates that through the sentinel surveillance of severe acute respiratory infection (ARI) 148 suspected cases were reported, for an accumulated of 1,521 cases reported until mid-September.

It indicates that cases of febrile upper and lower respiratory tract disease continue within the expected period compared to the same period in the previous five years, with an epidemic index of 0.99 and 1.10, respectively.

The authorities of the Ministry of Public Health advise the population to apply the existing prevention and management measures to reduce the risk of acute respiratory infections.

Among them, good hygiene habits, avoid conglomerates, don’t self-medicate, go to the doctor, and cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

It is also suggested that if the person does not have a handkerchief use the internal angle of the elbow. Wash your hands with soap and water after coughing or sneezing; if you have the flu, avoid shaking hands or kissing. Also avoid crowded places like school, churches, among others, as well as resting at home until you recover – so as not to spread germs to others.





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Govt. must deal with jump in femicides

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Santo Domingo.- The Life Without Violence Foundation on Tues. demanded that the Government declare a National Alert over the increase in femicides in recent days.

It said violence against women is increasing, with 60 children left orphan so far this year.

In a press conference Foundation president, Yanira Fondeur, said that faced with “alarming sexist violence,” immediate prevention actions of the institutions of the system are urgently needed, as well as the prosecution of aggressors denounced by citizens.

“We demand from the legislators the approval of the bill on the prevention, punishment and eradication of violence against women, which will serve as a regulatory framework for inter-sector coordination with civil society to work in an articulated manner,” Fondeur said.





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tourist arrivals fall 3.8% in first 10 months

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Santo Domingo.- The arrival to the Dominican Republic of foreign tourists, the country’s main source of foreign currency, fell 3.8% in the first 10 months, the Central Bank reported Tuesday.

The Dominican Republic accumulates five consecutive months of decline in the arrival of foreign tourists, though partially offset by the 15.2% growth in the number of Dominican tourists residing abroad.

The Central Bank attributed the data to the effects of the “media campaign” related to the death of a dozen American tourists at the beginning of the year in hotels in the Caribbean country, which the Dominican Government and the FBI blamed on natural causes.





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Blast in tower under construction kills 2, injures 4

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Santo Domingo.- A blast Tuesday night in a tower under construction rocked the Evaristo Morales sector in the National District.

Thus far the authorities have reported two fatalities and at least four injured.

National District Fire chief José Luis Herasme told Diario Libre that the explosion occurred in a building under construction and that the victims were workers.

He said they work on identifying the victims, as well as their nationals, but said that most of them are Haitians.





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