Number of Dengue Cases in Baja Continues to Rise

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The number of reported cases of dengue continues to rise in Baja California Sur with 1171 confirmed.

The Secretary of Health for the State of BCS announced that as of November 3rd, there have been 1171 cases of dengue confirmed with 1128 cases of classic dengue reported and 43 cases of dengue haemorrhagic fever. Fortunately, no deaths have been reported.

Los Cabos continues to be the municipality in the state with the most reported cases at 1001 confirmed. To date, La Paz has reported 162 cases. Comondú has 5 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.

The Municipality of La Paz is out in full force fumigating the city and helping residents clean up their backyards.

Juan de la Peña Salgado, the Director of Public Services for the Municipality of La Paz says that part of the cities strategy to fight dengue is to go from neighbourhood to neighbourhood and help residents throw out garbage such as old boxes and tires. De la Peña Salgado said that in the 20 de Noviembre neighbourhood alone, they collected over 9 tons of garbage.

The Director also pointed out that by collecting garbage, the city is helping in the fight against the reproduction of the mosquito Aedes Aegypti as there will be less places for water to stand still in.

The municipality invites all residents to do their part in keeping their backyards and patios clean and not allow for water to stand. Anything that holds standing water can breed mosquitoes.

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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