The Guatemala government declared a national emergency on Thursday due to a dengue outbreak in the country this year. Health Minister Francisco Coma said, “We have made the decision to declare a national health emergency due to the dengue situation.”
According to data from the Ministry of Health, between January and August there have been 22 deaths from dengue in the country. In addition, 12,263 cases, 152% more than the same period last year.
According to health officials, the health emergency will be in effect for three months and entails the implementation of fumigations to eradicate the mosquito that transmits dengue and provide for increased care in hospitals.
The intervention is important as the country approaches the second stage of the rainy season (September and October) where mosquito “breeding grounds” may increase as water stagnates.
According to official statistics, Guatemala saw the most dengue cases in a single year in 2019 when more than 50,000 cases were reported.
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