Three tourists visiting Cuba test positive for new coronavirus
The confirmed patients are responding favorably and none is in life threatening condition, at this time
Author: Redacción Digital | firstname.lastname@example.org
march 12, 2020 09:03:23
Our country has been preparing to face the pandemic caused by the appearance of a new coronavirus, which has impacted more than a hundred countries, to date, causing a significant number of cases of illness and deaths.
As a result of the implementation of the National Plan for the Prevention and Control of the disease, and intensive monitoring of respiratory syndromes, suspicious cases have been identified and patients admitted to hospitals. On March 10, 2020, identified with such symptoms were four Italian tourists, staying at a hostel in the city of Trinidad in the province of Sancti Spíritus. They had arrived at Havana’s José Martí International Airport on Monday, March 9, and traveled to Trinidad that same day. They were immediately admitted to Pedro Kourí Institute of Tropical Medicine (IPK).
On March 11, 2020, the IPK National Reference Laboratory reported that three of the four tourists, in isolation since the 10th, tested positive for the new SARS COV-2 Coronavirus.
Persons identified as having had contact with the patients, who remain asymptomatic, are being monitored and required epidemiological control actions are being carried out.
The confirmed patients are responding favorably and none is in life threatening condition, at this time.
Contacts of Italian tourists with Covid-19 are asymptomatic and quarantined
All have been placed under clinical and epidemiological observation to determine their condition if symptoms should appear. If any suspicious symptoms are noted over the next few days, testing of nasopharyngeal swab samples will be conducted and if confirmed as positive for the coronavirus, patients will be transferred to the Villa Clara Military Hospital, as established in the Plan for the Prevention and Control of Covid-19
Author: Escambray Digital | email@example.com
march 12, 2020 10:03:42
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Established epidemiological procedures are being followed for individuals who were in contact with the three Italian tourists in Trinidad confirmed as the first cases of Covid-19 in Cuba.
According to Dr. Manuel Rivero Abella, provincial director of health in Sancti Spíritus, the seven persons in direct contact with the tourists – including their car driver, a tour operator and five in the hostel where they stayed – are currently asymptomatic, but are being transferred to the Doctor Faustino Pérez Provincial Rehabilitation Hospital, the center designated for the isolation of suspected Covid-19 cases in the province.
“They have all been placed under clinical and epidemiological surveillance to see if symptoms appear. In the event that, over the next few days, they exhibit any clinical symptoms, they will be swabbed and if confirmed positive, will be transferred to the Villa Clara Military Hospital, as established in the Plan for the Prevention and Control of Covid-19,” Dr. Rivero stated.
According to the doctor, if the contacts remain without clinical symptoms, they will return to their homes, where they will be closely monitored by epidemiologists and the community health care team.
Of the four Italian tourists who arrived in Cuba March 9, and in Trinidad the next day, three were confirmed positive for Covid-19 and to date, according to the Ministry of Public Health, their condition is not life-threatening.
A provincial strategy for treating suspicious cases of the virus was designed over the last few weeks, and has been implemented, including the establishment of specialized departments in all health institutions and the preparation of 42 beds in hospital isolation wards.