|After the earthquake that occurred in Haiti last 12 January, the cases of tuberculosis and other infectious diseases have increased in the country. According to specialists in pneumology who met in a congress in Santiago, the increase is due to the lack of controls along the frontier and the increase in illegal migration from Haiti.
According to the doctors, at the present time they are registering some 30 cases a day of the illness in the public and private health centers.
The information was offered by the president of the Pneumological Society of the North Region (Neumonerte), Dr. Plutarco Arias, at the end of the Third International Pneumological Congress and the Second Pneumo-pediatric Congress.
The expert said that just the medical centers in the north region are reporting between 6 and 7 cases a day of tuberculosis.
According to the statistics released in the congress, 16% of the HIV+ (or AIDS) patients in the Area of the Cibao suffer from TB. Arias explained that the Dominican authorities should redouble their efforts against the cases of tuberculosis.
He maintained that the cases increase in the country due to the Haitian presence, since the incidence in Haiti is much higher than in the Dominican Republic.
Source: Via the English-language version of DiarioLibre.com: Thirty TB cases a day are registered.