Up to epidemiological week number 11, a total of 14 cases of respiratory tuberculosis infection have been detected in Ciudad del Carmen and there are currently a total of 43 active cases in adults who are treated in the public health system.
For early detection, it is necessary to carry out an examination called bacilloscopy, in case of presenting a chronic cough for more than 15 days, since it is a contagious disease and that day by day mortality increases, said the Coordinator of the Tuberculosis Program in the Sanitary Jurisdiction No. 3, Margarito Gonzalez Perez.
He explained that tuberculosis is a contagious infectious disease that mainly infects the lungs and this is manifested by a chronic cough for more than 15 days, without apparent cause, headache, fatigue, sudden weight loss, but its detection is very easy and it is through a study of the phlegm, the bacilloscopy in which the presence of the bacillus that causes the disease is detected.
He commented that last Friday, March 24, the International Day of the Fight against Tuberculosis was celebrated, and this is a disease that every day becomes one of the most dangerous due to its high mortality rates, “in the world it continues being the most infectious disease that presents around four thousand deaths and 30 thousand illnesses in the world”.
In this regard, González Pérez pointed out that currently in the Municipality of Carmen there are more than 40 cases, “so far this year, from January to March 24, which is epidemiological week number 11, in the Municipality a total of of 14 cases, an average of four per month, and we currently have 43 cases in treatment on an ongoing basis.”