By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Health officials in Peru announced they will be fumigating 40,000 homes in the San Martín region, for the elimination of the dengue fever vector, Aedes aegypti.

Aedes aegypti/CDC

Health Minister Elizabeth Hinostroza said, “We urge the population to allow the entrance of health personnel duly identified to their homes to carry out the fogging activities. I thank the health personnel for their commitment. They are working, but joint work with citizens is needed”.

Peru has reported 8,221 total dengue fever cases during the first seven weeks of 2020, up from 2,287 cases reported during the same period in 2019.

11 dengue-related fatalities have been reported this year so far.

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Concerning COVID-19, the Ministry of Health has taken all preventive measures indicated by the World Health Organization (WHO). In this context, the National Center for Epidemiology, Prevention and Control of Diseases (CDC), on January 30 issued the first epidemiological alert to activate all preventive actions in all health facilities.

“We are working with airlines and migrations to control all people who come from suspicious regions with a sign of coronavirus. The health team already has all the protocol ready, ”she explained.

She said that there are currently five hospitals in Lima, which have enabled spaces for hospitalization of possible cases. She ruled that to date there are confirmed cases of coronavirus in Peru and the results of the tests carried out in suspicious cases are available in less than 24 hours.