Department of Health for BCS will be out in Full Force Against Dengue

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*Mosquito larvae control crews and fumigators will once again be in and out of neighbourhoods in La Paz, Chametla and El Centenario as well as the communities of Los Barriles, Todos Santos and Pescadero


With the objective of strengthening intensive action against dengue in Los Cabos, The State Health Department (SSA) will be out in full force against the mosquito that transmits the dengue virus and in La Paz, mosquito larvae control crews and fumigators will be out in the capital spraying neighbourhoods and rural communities.

Dr. Jose Antonio Martinez Salcedo, director of health services for the state said that the fight against dengue in the capital would be intensified as well as in the communities of Chametla, El Centenario, Todos Santos and Pescadero.

A fumigating campaign is already underway and the city has also been helping residents clean up their backyards.

The Department of Health announced that as of November 17th, there have been 1765 cases of dengue confirmed with 1691 cases of classic dengue reported and 74 cases of dengue haemorrhagic fever. Fortunately, no deaths have been reported to date.

Los Cabos continues to be the municipality in the state with the most reported cases at 1495 confirmed. To date, La Paz has reported 259 cases. Comondú has 8 registered cases; Mulegé, 2 classic dengue cases and Loreto has reported one case.

The best tactic to prevent dengue is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. This includes sleeping in areas screened from mosquitoes, wearing long sleeves and pants and using mosquito repellents.

Another protective measure is to destroy breeding sites containing standing water such as old tires, plastic packaging, and pet water dishes.

In warm weather, mosquitoes can mature in a very short span of time. Getting rid of all standing water in backyards is the ideal solution because without the stagnant water habitat, mosquitos will not proliferate.

Dengue fever is a tropical disease caused by the dengue virus. Some symptoms include fever, headache, muscle and joint pains, and a skin rash. Dengue is transmitted by several species of mosquito within the genus Aedes, principally A. aegypti.



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