Given the proximity to the start of the hurricane season, the designated Secretary of the Department of Health, Carlos Mellado, urged citizens not to lower their guard against arboviral diseases and take preventive measures to avoid breeding sites for mosquitoes that carry the dengue.
“Our call is to prevention. We are three weeks away from the start of the rainy season and we want all families to know that beyond covid-19, dengue is still out there. Cases have been increasing and we do not want to lose any more lives to dengue. It is everyone’s responsibility to take action and establish measures to eliminate containers or containers that promote stagnation of water in the patios, ”Mellado stressed.
He added that he will soon begin an orientation campaign for citizens on dengue.
According to the Health report, the island’s municipalities with the highest number of identified cases were San Juan (127), Bayamón (21), Carolina (19), Guaynabo (14), Trujillo Alto (11), Toa Baja (7 ) and Guayama (7).
Children between the ages of five and nine were the most likely to acquire the dengue virus. Likewise, the first fatal case of the year due to dengue was announced; a 42-year-old female from the metropolitan area. Another case is analyzed and the result is awaited.
“In the face of the global pandemic we are facing, we have noticed how the use of a mask does protect us, with a reduction in the cases of vector-borne diseases. However, while we take care of covid-19, we cannot forget about dengue. At this time, 97 hospitalizations have been registered so far this year, of which 13 cases have been severe and one fatal ”, added the owner.
Similarly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, for its acronym in English) recommend that once a week any item in which water accumulates, such as tires, tanks, buckets, be emptied, covered or thrown away. , vases or trash cans. Likewise, fill in the hollows of trees to prevent them from filling with water, preventing their breeding and propagation.
It is important to remember that mosquitoes actually rest in dark and damp areas such as under patio furniture or on the back of garage doors.
Likewise, there are 13 cases of infected with Zika, where there were four hospitalizations in the age group 15-19 years. At the moment, no case of chikungunya has been identified on the Island.
During 2020, 844 confirmed cases and 321 hospitalizations were identified, however, there were no deaths related to dengue. This is attributed to the public health emergency after the coronavirus infections.