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In a follow-up on the dengue fever situation in Peru, health authorities reported an additional 14,885 cases the week ending June 17, bringing the total for 2023 to 161,471.

This compares to the 43,899 cases reported during the same period in 2022.

Piura and Lima departments are reporting the most cases with 46,650 and 24,027, respectively.

To date, 287 dengue deaths were reported–213 confirmed and 74 under investigation.

Last week, Surgeon César Vásquez Sánchez was sworn in as the new Minister of Health before the President of the Republic, Dina Boluarte Zegarra, in a ceremony held at the Government Palace.

Sánchez takes over after the resignation of Rosa Gutiérrez Palomino, which happened as questions rose about how she handled the outbreak.

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reminds the population of the main preventive measures to avoid getting sick from dengue.

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To prevent the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, present in hot areas of the country, the director of Prevention and Control of Metaxenic Diseases and Zoonoses, Raúl Chuquiyauri Haro, recommends that the population use repellent every 4 hours, cool clothing that covers the top part of the skin and when resting the use of a mosquito net.

Mosquito repellent

The head of the Office of Epidemiology, Health Intelligence and Teaching and Research of Diris Lima Norte, Talia Zapata Susanivar, explained that the symptoms are high fever, headache, eye pain, rash, muscle and joint pain. While the alarm signs are intense and sustained abdominal pain, persistent vomiting, bleeding from the mucous membranes, nose and gums, drowsiness or irritability and decay.