By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
Earlier this week, the Minister of Health, Elizabeth Hinostroza, announced that the Loreto, Madre de Dios and San Martín regions will be declared in a health emergency to combat the dengue outbreak, to prevent its spread and ensure care for affected people.
“We have to remind citizens that deaths due to Dengue can and should be avoided by going to the health centers in a timely manner so they can receive diagnosis and treatment,” said the Minister of Health.
Among the control actions, the Ministry of Health ( Minsa ) has deployed a team of inspectors in Loreto to perform the focal control in 97,000 homes and prevent the Aedes aegypti mosquito , a vector that transmits dengue, chikungunya and Zika.
In the first four weeks of January 2020, a total of 4,054 cases of dengue have been reported, including 10 deaths.
The cumulative national incidence rate is 12.43 cases per 100,000 population, exceeding that observed during the same period in the preceding 5 years.
“We are currently facing a different outbreak. We have a variant of the serotype that we did not have since 1990″, Hinostroza said.
This year, DENV 1 has been circulating.