Peru: Health Ministry prepares declaration of health emergency due to dengue outbreak in 13 regions


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Due to the significant increase in the incidence and deaths caused by dengue fever, the Ministry of Health (MENSA) He will declare a health emergency due to the outbreak in 13 regions and 59 provinces in the country, which have been affected by the presence of Aedes aegypti Mosquitoes that transmit the disease.

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The measure contains an action plan submitted by the Directorate for the Prevention and Control of Metaxinous and Zoonotic Diseases, with contributions from the Mensa Technical Committee on Dengue Fever, which seeks to intervene in the regions of Amazonas, Ayacucho, Cajamarca, Cusco, Huanuco and Ica. and Junín, Lambayeque, Loreto, Madre de Dios, Piura, San Martín, and Ucayali.

Among the main immediate actions to be undertaken are the strengthening of primary health care services and hospitals, epidemiological surveillance, prevention and health promotion activities, with the participation of society, authorities and strategic allies.

In this line, the installation of 24 Clinical Monitoring Units (UVICLIN) and 14 Executive Units of Fever (UF) Care Units will be carried out in health institutions and hospitals to ensure the care and recovery of infected patients.

Also developing larva control (elimination of mosquito eggs and larvae) and fumigation (elimination of adult mosquitoes) in households in 59 provinces, as well as insect surveillance and strengthening laboratories for molecular diagnostic tests for dengue.

In addition, the participation of municipalities and community committees will be strengthened to carry out campaigns to collect and remove mosquito breeding sites, such as tires, bottles, plastic containers or other objects that accumulate rainwater, as well as develop mass communication campaigns. In the regions, in coordination with Mensa, to disseminate dengue prevention and control measures.

It should be noted that so far this year, 11,585 cases of infection and 16 deaths due to dengue have been reported in the country. In 2022, on the same date, 6,741 cases were reported, which means a significant increase, according to figures released by the National Center for Epidemiology, Prevention and Disease Control (CDC Peru).

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