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The epidemiological report of the Metropolitan Health Region reports that vector-borne diseases have increased, so the regional authorities call on the population to reinforce cleaning and self-care measures. 

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In this sense, it details that dengue in week 35 has a total of 1,148 confirmed cases without warning signs, 153 with warning signs, 4 severe dengue cases, without deaths.

Likewise, they report that 135 patients are hospitalized, most of them being the corregimientos with the highest contagion, December 24, Parque Lefevre, Las Mañanitas, San Francisco and Ancón. 

Regarding the highest rate of infestation, the districts that report are Parque Lefevre (9.6%), Bethania (9.1%), Pedregal (8.7%), Juan Díaz (7.9%) and Ancón (7. 3%), while the regional Vector Control team carries out interventions with nebulization, chemical control, in addition to the inspection and verification of the foci. 

Another of the diseases caused by vectors is malaria, for which 94 cases have been confirmed, which are autochthonous from localities such as the Guna Yala, Chepo and Darién regions. Currently, 7 confirmed cases are being investigated to determine if they are indigenous to the region.

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Currently, a team work is carried out between Vector Control and the Entomology staff that consists of larval collection, placement of light traps and protected human bait. 

The cases of malaria by diagnostic state are mostly located in the districts of 24 de Diciembre, Calidonia, Veracruz, Tocumen and Las Garzas. 

Meanwhile, for leishmaniasis in the Metropolitan Health Region, 69 confirmed cases are reported, for which the health authorities recommend wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants, a mosquito net, repellent, screens on doors and windows to avoid mosquito bites.