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Jan 5, 2016

Dengue and Malaria not on List of Most Prevalent Communicable Diseases

Javier Zuniga

The report also looked at the top five communicable and non-communicable diseases. Interestingly, dengue and malaria did not make the list of most prevalent communicable diseases for the first ten months of 2015. Doctor Javier Zuniga explains.


Dr. Javier Zuniga, Regional Manager, Central Health Region

“The top five communicable which means transmissible from person to person include respiratory infections which are very common. Gastroenteritis which is diarrhea, vomiting and diarrhea. And then we have also conjunctivitis. Conjunctivitis is on the third spot because in the beginning of the year we had a peak of conjunctivitis and high incidents within the population. Vaginitis which is an infection of the female genital track and this could also be one of the major causes of prematurity so we have to look into that into further details. And scabies which is a parasite and this is common primarily with people who live in places that are non-hygienic and they themselves don’t follow the basic hygienic measures like washing their hands and daily bathing, etc. In the non-communicable diseases, as always we have the first one which is hypertension and we also have in that category cardiovascular diseases; other chronic respiratory diseases. This includes for example emphysema, asthma and others. We also have diabetes in that top five as well.”

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