The Secretary of Health Stresses the Need to Continue Action Against Dengue



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  • During the week of November 3rd to the 10th, 171 new cases have been reported in BCS. Although weekly cases have decreased, preventative measures remain the same.

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Although the presence of dengue has decreased considerably in recent weeks, the Department of Health for the state of BCS insists on asking the population to continue implementing preventive measures to combat the disease, including the clean patios campaign and the application of abate in water.

As well, as part of dengue preventative efforts across the state, the Department of Health has once again launched for the week of November 10th a spraying campaign against the mosquito in the northern Pacific towns of BCS as well as in other communities in the municipality of Mulege and the town of Loreto.

Dr. Araceli Garcia Rivas, Director of Community Health Services said that despite the drop in outdoor temperatures, actions to prevent dengue need to continue. She said her department would continue with their mosquito larvae control crews. Fumigators will be out in the state spraying neighbourhoods and rural communities as well, house by house.

Fumigating will take place in order to prevent any outbreaks, especially in the northern part of the state. Now that the number of cases have decreased after intense efforts to contain the disease had been implemented weeks ago, it is important that prevention measures continue.

She said that fumigating and spraying campaigns will include 11 heavy equipment vehicles and at least two rounds of spraying during the next week in each of the communities in the northern Pacific, including Bocana, Punta Abreojos, Bahia Asuncion and Bahia Tortugas as well as other small villages in the area.

The Department of Health will also be spraying in Guerrero Negro, Santa Rosalía, the town of Mulege, San Bruno and San Lucas. Once completed in the municipality of Mulege, the department will continue onto the town of Loreto, to start with two new rounds of spraying.

Dengue is a disease that has became permanent in Baja California Sur. Therefore, there is a need for continued efforts to decrease the risks. However, this requires both authorities and citizens to work together to combat dengue.

She invites all residents to do their part in keeping their backyards and patios clean and not allow for water to stand in their homes. All pots and rubber tires need to be removed from homes; anything that holds standing water can breed mosquitoes.

According to the Department of Health, for the week of November 3rd to the 10th 171 new cases of dengue were reported with 74 of those reported in La Paz, 53 new cases in Los Cabos, 9 in Comondu, 30 in Mulege and 5 in Loreto.

The Department of Health also announced that so far, there have been 3635 cases of dengue confirmed this year alone. 82 of those cases were of dengue haemorrhagic fever. La Paz has reported the most cases with 2446 confirmed. 497 cases have been filed in Los Cabos; Loreto reported 116 and Mulege has 175 reported cases and another 401 cases in Comondú.

Fortunately, no deaths have been reported to date.

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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