The Fight Against Dengue and Chikungunya is a Permanent Task

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With the objective to control the outbreak against Dengue and Chikungunya virus and mitigate its negative impact on Baja California Sur, the Secretary of Health (SSA) has said that they will continue to commit to strengthening actions that will eliminate the mosquito that transmits the virus. The SSA also noted that all levels of government must come together in hopes of educating the public on both diseases and to reduce the population densities of the aedes aegypti mosquito – the transmitter of these diseases.

As hurricane season is still upon us and continual rains have been occurring, the SSA calls on the population to eliminate any objects in their home or out on the patio such as old tires, empty bottles, cans, egg cartons or empty flower pots that can hold standing water and become a breeding ground for the mosquito.

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

Chikungunya, a virus transmitted by the same daytime-biting aedes aegypti mosquito that causes the more deadly dengue fever, is typically not fatal but can cause debilitating symptoms including fever, headache and severe joint pain that can last for several months. There is no commercial vaccine for the virus, which was reported for the first time in Mexico (in the southwestern State of Chiapas, which borders Guatemala) late last year.

Cases of both Dengue and Chikungunya have been reported in La Paz.

When possible, remain in well screened or completely enclosed, air-conditioned areas. When outdoors, wear light-colored clothing with full-length pant legs and sleeves and use repellents on exposed skin.

The fight against Dengue and Chikungunya is an ongoing task as both viruses are already circulating in the state and therefore, it will be difficult to eradicate. However, with the participation of all, it is possible to contain its growth and offer greater protection to the population.

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