Cuba hosts two events on dengue fever

Two events on dengue fever hosted by Cuba started Monday in Havana, attracting world experts to discuss the control and prevention of the disease.

Cuba hosts two events on dengue fever
Two events on dengue fever hosted by Cuba started Monday in Havana, attracting world experts to discuss the control and prevention of the disease.

The two week-long events, the 10th International Forum on Dengue and the Seminar on Twenty Years of Fighting Dengue, have attracted doctors, virologists, sociologists and epidemiologists from several nations, sharing their experiences on dengue control and prevention.

Seminar topics include dengue and its hemorrhagic variant, treatment initiatives, control strategies and prognostics, as well as the structure and genome of the disease's agent.

Cuba plans to present its results on the control of dengue and the people's role in the campaign against dengue.

The two events are sponsored by the World Health Organization, the Pan-American Health Organization, and the Italy-based International Genetics and Biotechnology Engineering Center.

Dengue is caused by four closely related viruses and is spread by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which breeds in still water. Its symptoms include high fever, nausea, rashes, backache and headache.

It has affected thousands of people, mainly living in tropical areas. Most mainstream dengue cases are not fatal, but the hemorrhagic variant, which causes severe internal bleeding as blood vessels collapse, kills up to 20 percent of its victims.

Since there is no known cure, health authorities try to control the spread of the disease by targeting the mosquito.

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Last Mod: 07 Ağustos 2007, 12:24
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