By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Department of Health in Huila department in southern Colombia has issued a health alert due to a dengue fever outbreak, according to a La Voz de la Region report (computer translated).


According to epidemiological bulletin No. 5, health officials 1,628 cases, 814 with alarm signs and 26 cases of severe dengue as of Feb. 10. Five deaths have been reported.

This declaration obliges municipalities to carry out a survey of all installed capacity, have the vehicles, contracted environmental sanitation technicians and the machinery necessary to attend critical areas with fumigation to eliminate mosquitoes that are in different environments . Likewise, a patient monitoring system by area is set up, where medical personnel will be available for surveillance and control in the provision of services, for the training of medical and assistance personnel in the early identification of alarm signs. .

Public and private hospitals will be authorized to generate areas of expansion so that they can treat all patients with probable dengue symptoms, with opportunity, quality and efficiency.