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On Friday, the Department of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported  a total of 1,634 cases of dengue nationwide this year to date.

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One death was reported.

The province of Bocas del Toro, with 359 cases, is the one that reports the highest number of cases, followed by Panama Metro 326; North Panama with 309; West Panama 198; San Miguelito 135 and Chiriqui 118.

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) urges the population to clean their surroundings and inside their homes and eliminate containers with water.

Dengue prevention and control must be intersectoral and involve the family and the community.

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Dengue is a disease caused by a virus spread through mosquito bites. The disease can take up to 2 weeks to develop with illness generally lasting less than a week.

Health effects from dengue include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, rash, muscle and joint pain, and minor bleeding.

Dengue can become severe within a few hours. Severe dengue is a medical emergency, usually requiring hospitalization.

In severe cases, health effects can include hemorrhage (uncontrolled bleeding), shock (seriously low blood pressure), organ failure, and death.