They investigate a possible outbreak of allergy in students of a public school in Cartagena

On the afternoon of last Tuesday, September 13, it was reported a possible outbreak of allergy in a group of students in the afternoon session, at the Educational Institution July 20. Immediately, they informed the Secretary of District Education (SED).

The preliminary report indicated that there was no intoxication due to the ingestion of the food supplied in the snack to the girls and boys of the Educational Institution. Nevertheless, what is speculated is that the outbreak occurred as a result of contact with a fruit.

The boys and girls who benefited from this program did not eat the fruit, according to the version given by the rector of the Educational Institution, Jhony Luna Guerrero. This same food ration was consumed by the students in the morning session and did not cause any adverse symptoms in their health.

The Secretariat, consequently, advances the investigations of the case and develops the protection and welfare protocols for the students of the educational establishment. Also, ordered investigation for configuration of a case of violation of the right to privacy of girls and boys for the publication of photos of school students on social networks.

Since it is unknown how and who took photos, images or videos of the affected students and which were later published, this being a violation of the protection of minors.

Meanwhile, the SED is developing pertinent actions that establish the cause of possible cases of allergy that occurred among students of the afternoon session of the July 20 school.

The Secretary of Education, Olga Acosta Amel, also requested a detailed report on the situation that occurred in the school establishment and ordered the appropriate measures to be taken.

After several months of encouraging the population to get vaccinated, on September 12 the District reported that it reached 44% in the application of booster doses. Which means the lifting of the use of masks in closed places.

As of September 10, 2022, the District Health Administrative Department (Dadis) reported a total of applied doses of 2,000,326 vaccines against covid-19. To date, the city has achieved 98% coverage of first and only doses applied, 83% in complete schemes and 44% in reinforcements.

One of the most notorious questions was whether the restriction is also lifted in educational establishments, whether basic or higher. Given this, The Secretary of Education recommends that only those students who present symptoms of a respiratory disease use the mask.

Likewise, although the goal of coverage in the application of reinforcement doses has been reached, which allows the mask to be eliminated in closed places, Dadis recalls that the use of mask is still mandatory in:

  • People older than two years in health institutions, geriatric homes, in public transport, mass transit stations, air, land, sea and river transport terminals, regardless of the progress of vaccination.
  • The surgical mask should be used permanently in people with comorbidities that generate immunosuppression, especially transplants, cancer, HIV, among others, with respiratory conditions, as well as in unvaccinated people and when visiting newborn children, older adults and people with comorbidities.

During the last epidemiological week, which corresponds to week number 35, the District Administrative Department of Health (Dadis) reported 45 new cases of dengue in Cartagena, of which two correspond to severe dengue.

No deaths from the disease were recorded, which to date maintains a zero mortality rate from dengue so far in 2022.

The number of dengue cases for this year is 11.5% higher than that registered in the same period of 2021, going from 1,340 to 1,494 in the year 2022 (at cut-off epidemiological week 34); meanwhile, the figures for serious cases and deaths remain below what was observed in the previous year, with a decrease of 24.1% and 90%, respectively.

During this year, Cartagena has registered a total of 1,580 cases of dengue reported to the Public Health Surveillance System (Sivigila). Of the total, 941 were classified as dengue without warning signs, 598 as dengue with warning signs, and 41 cases as severe dengue.

They investigate a possible outbreak of allergy in students of a public school in Cartagena