Wednesday, September 27, 2006

More than 1000 cases of dengue in pediatric hospital

More than 1000 cases of dengue in pediatric hospital

HAVANA, Cuba - September 15 (Odelin Alfonso Torna / -
More than 1000 children have been admitted to the Dr. Ángel Arturo
Aballí pediatric hospital in the Arroyo Naranjo municipality of Havana,
according to sources that asked to remain nameless.

The hospital has been put under quarantine, the sources said. Dengue
patients from all areas of the city are being transferred to this hospital.

On the average, 50 cases of the fever are admitted every day; 12
additional wards have been opened and there are beds on the hallways.

About 40 cases are reported to be in serious condition in intensive care

Relatives of the children are complaining that meals take time being
served; lunch has been served as late as 2:30 to 3:30 pm, and supper as
late as 9 pm due to strained resources.

Most of the patients at the hospital come from the municipalities of
Habana del Este, San Miguel del Padrón, Cerro, Centro Habana, Habana
Vieja, and Arroyo Naranjo. The municipalities outside the city but still
in Havana province with the higher indices of dengue cases are Mariel,
Guanajay, and Artemisa.

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