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Peru health officials reported recently that three dengue serotypes of the four that exist in the world are circulating in the country.

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Biologist Oscar Escalante, from the INS Viral Metaxenic and Zoonoses Laboratory located in Chorrillos said that serotypes 1 and 2 have been identified at the national level, with the regions of Ica and Piura being the most affected, while in Lima (Districts of Lima East) in addition to serotypes 1 and 2, the serotype 3 has also been identified.

Likewise, the presence of the following genotypes has been identified: genotype V of serotype 1, Cosmopolitan genotype of serotype 2, genotype III of serotype 3.

“We must be more careful with people with risk factors, such as children under 5 years of age, pregnant women, the elderly and those with comorbidities,” Escalante said.

The INS specialist specified that, given the increase in dengue cases, it is important to take into account that, although infection by the disease is true, it can be asymptomatic, the most common symptoms are: headache and joints and muscles, high fever, malaise or discomfort behind the eyes and rash.

Warning signs must be identified: persistent vomiting, abdominal pain, bleeding gums or nose. Patients with any of these symptoms should immediately go to a health facility.
According to the Pan American Health Organization, Peru has reported 115,656 total cases this year, including 166 deaths.

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