Health officials search for two Haitian nationals amid tuberculosis Upsurge


February 21, 2020 - 358 views

Health minister Dr. Irvin McIntyre is reporting that a search is currently ongoing for two Haitian nationals that were being treated for tuberculosis amid the recent rise in the disease.

As stated by the Minister at a press conference held this morning at the Dominica China Frenship Hospital conference room, there are currently 12 confirmed cases and 6 suspected cases, compared to 2019 figures of 8 confirmed cases and two suspected cases.

He went on to reveal that all of the confirmed patients admitted to the Dominica China Friendship Hospital are currently on treatment 

As it relates to management, of the cases which also includes suspected cases; control measures have been implemented both at the primary and secondary health care levels.

These include ensuring that patients that are diagnosed and are admitted at the hospital are placed in isolation and wear face masks.

Additionally, Dr Mcintrye noted that there is a special location designated for patients who have been diagnosed, however, if this area is filled and cannot accommodate future patients, they will be housed on the medical ward with the necessary barrier measure established.

It was also revealed that at the community level contact tracing is being done.

Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease usually caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) bacteria. Tuberculosis generally affects the lungs, but can also affect other parts of the body.

Most infections do not have symptoms, in which case it is known as latent tuberculosis. About 10% of latent infections progress to active disease which, if left untreated, kills about half of those affected. The classic symptoms of active TB are a chronic cough with blood-containing mucus, fever, night sweats, and weight loss.

Tuberculosis is spread through the air when people who have active TB in their lungs cough, spit, speak, or sneeze.People with latent TB do not spread the disease.