Since August 11, 37 clinically suggestive cases (including 7 confirmed cases out of 9 tested) of Oropouche virus have been detected in the town of Saul, this is the first emergence of the Oropouche virus in Guyana. On the ground, the ARS of Guyana and the CTG are mobilized to regulate the emergence of a new epidemic in the territory, in addition to the Covid-19.
After dengue, chikungunya, zika, here is the oropouche. Virus from the same arbovirus family, it was discovered in 1955 on the island of Trinidad and Tobago and is particularly prevalent in Latin American and South American countries such as Peru, Brazil, Argentina or Panama again. This is the first time that cases have been detected in Guyana. In the commune of Saül where 37 cases have been identified, “the peak of cases seems to have been reached in mid-September” specifies the ARS Guyana.
Transmitted by midges or mosquitoes, this virus causes dengue-like symptoms after an incubation period of 4 to 8 days (which can range from 3 to 12 days). The symptoms are: fever, headache, body aches, joint pain and vomiting.
The ARS as well as the CTG call on the population to proceed to the elimination of the breeding sites (egg-laying sites) near human dwellings to avoid the propagation. As for dengue fever, prevention measures include “eliminating places where water can stagnate (small rubbish, bulky items, waste), protect yourself individually against mosquito and midges bites to prevent transmission of the virus, (sleeping under thin mosquito nets to protect yourself from small gnats, wear long and covering clothes, use repellents). The ARS emphasizes that in case of high fever, to avoid taking aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs, consult a doctor ”.