Number of intestinal infection cases increase in the Yucatan Peninsula

In Quintana Roo, there have been 3,000 more cases this year than in the same period of 2018.

CHETUMAL Quintana Roo (Sistema Nacional de Vigilancia Epidemiológica) – From Jan. 1 to Aug. 3, Quintana Roo recorded 3,191 more cases of Intestinal Infectious Diseases than in the same period last year, according to the National Epidemiological Surveillance System (SINAVE).

According to the official statistics, from January 1 to August 3 of this year, 83,265 cases of this type of infection occurred, compared to 80,074 last year. This figure represents an increase of 3.98% of Intestinal Infectious Diseases in Quintana Roo.

The head of the State Health Secretariat, Alejandra Aguirre Crespo, recommended to the general population to consume properly washed and disinfected food to prevent this type of diseases.

“It is very important not to self-medicate. It is better to have a correct clinical assessment in order to determine what type of bacteria or virus incubates in a person with gastrointestinal symptoms”.

According to the report of the Sistema Nacional de Vigilancia Epidemiológica / SINAVE (National System of Epidemiological Surveillance the most common intestinal infections are:

  • Typhoid fever
  • Salmonellosis
  • Shigellosis
  • Bacterial dysentery
  • Balantidiasis
  • Protozoa
  • Diarrhea

When to seek medical attention
Some of the symptoms are stomach pain (from mild to severe), acute diarrhea, fever or chills, to mention a few. Any person with these symptoms should seek medical care in health centers or hospitals for the proper diagnosis and medication.

Of the total number of cases in clinics and hospitals in the public health sector in the 11 municipalities of Quintana Roo, 39,964 have been men and 43,301 women. There are 3,337 more cases of women with this type of infection of the digestive system, compared to men.

At a Peninsular level, Yucatan has the highest number of cases, with a total of 121,057, of which 55,925 are men and 65,132 are women. Campeche has the lowest number, with 30,476 cases, affecting 14,074 men and 16,402 women.


The Yucatan Times