The National Center for Epidemiology, Prevention and Control of Diseases (CDC Peru) of the Ministry of Health of Peru (Minsa), calls on the population to use prevention measures and avoid the spread of malaria in transmission areas, due to the increase in reported cases and the issuance of the epidemiological alert published the first week of August 2022.
CDC Peru reported that during epidemiological week 30, 15,381 cases of malaria have been reported since the beginning of 2022. These notifications include 4 deaths from autochthonous transmission; of which, 3 deaths were in young children.
CDC Peru detailed that the regions at the national level that present the highest number of cases are: Loreto (12,621), Junín (1,733) and Amazonas (754).
The CDC Peru, in order to strengthen prevention measures and the surveillance and epidemiological investigation system, recommends the following precautions to be taken into account by the population residing in areas with malaria transmission:
1. Wear long-sleeved shirts of fine fabric.
2. Apply repellents, preferably at dawn and dusk.
3. Use mosquito nets with residual action pesticides.
4. Manage good physical control and work with the community cleaning ditches.
Finally, CDC Peru details that if you have the following symptoms such as fever, sweating, chills, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, among others. You must go to the health facility closest to your area so that a specialist can evaluate the case and provide you with free treatment against this disease.
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