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The Oaxaca Health Secretariat (SSO) together with the National Committee for Epidemiological Surveillance (CONAVE) issued an epidemiological alert for an outbreak of malaria in the state.

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So far, a total of 20 confirmed cases of malaria have been identified and reported through the National Epidemiological Surveillance System (SNAVE) in San Pedro Tapanatepec, Oaxaca , 16 are  autochthonous cases and four to imported cases.

The Sanitary Jurisdiction, 01 of Valles Centrales, has also identified an imported case of infection, which makes a total of 21 confirmed cases of malaria in Oaxaca.

The Jurisdictional Committee for Epidemiological Surveillance, the Brigades for the Prevention and Control of Diseases Transmitted by Vector of the Sanitary Jurisdiction, carry out home spraying and thermonebulization actions in the localities where the cases were detected.

In addition, they carried out entomological studies in the perimeter of nearby houses, together with the active search for suspected cases, and sample collection from those who had contact with a person infected with malaria.

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The Oaxaca Ministry of Health will intensify surveillance and report cases to the health authorities. Insect repellent will be applied to the population, and medical attention will be given in case of chills, fatigue or fever, after suffering a mosquito bite.

The Sanitary Jurisdiction will capture all cases of malaria that have a confirmatory result by the microscopy network, then specific treatment will be given within the first 24 hours of confirming the case, and the patient will be monitored to evaluate the response to treatment. .

The complementary investigation will be carried out around the case in the first 48 hours of being confirmed, in order to determine if the infection was acquired locally or corresponds to imported cases, actions must be carried out that allow the detection, diagnosis and treatment of all confirmed cases in a period not exceeding 72 hours.

157 cases of malaria have been reported, distributed in six states: Campeche (30), Chiapas (94), Oaxaca (21), Chihuahua (8), Sinaloa (1) and Tabasco (3), all cases have been confirmed by the national microscopy network certified by the Epidemiological Diagnosis and Reference Institute (InDRE).