In Miguel Alves, three people were confirmed to have malaria, an infectious disease caused by protozoa. Epidemiological surveillance teams are surveying the city to identify more people with symptoms. The municipal health department has already tested 19 people, even without symptoms, to monitor the disease in the city.
The municipal health department, Leopoldina Cipriano, said these were the first confirmed cases of the disease in the city. She says the three patients are doing well, isolated and receiving treatment.
“We have the first patient with malaria for Miguel Alves. It is a patient who came from Para who arrived in Piauí with symptoms. Our team, very attentive, has already sent the notification and asked to organize this patient to (Hospital) Natan Portela. Surveillance was done, the test was positive. It started treatment, and returned to the city while he is in isolation.”
The director notes that before this patient developed symptoms, who came from Barra, he had been in contact with other residents of Miguel Alves.
“We did surveillance and found that there were two patients who had been in contact with this man and had some symptoms. The test was done and we sent it to Natan Portela again. It was positive.”
After noticing cases of illness, family health teams ramped up visits to places – both rural and urban – that patients had passed through.
We also asked the health monitoring body to conduct this monitoring. We conducted examinations of people who had been in contact with these patients. Until yesterday, we had already tested 19 people, even without symptoms.”
The Secretariat confirms that there was difficulty in finding a hospital bed to transport the patient to Teresina due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Malaria is an acute febrile infectious disease transmitted by the bite of an infected female Anopheles mosquito. A patient with malaria is not able to transmit the disease directly to another person, it is necessary to share a vector.
The most common symptoms of malaria are: high fever, chills, shivering, sweating, headache, which can occur periodically. Many people, before presenting these characteristic manifestations, feel nausea, vomiting, fatigue and lack of appetite.
Malaria is curable, but if not diagnosed and treated in time, it can develop into serious forms of the disease.
Source: Ministry of Health
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