The Department of Health reported today the first death of the year due to dengue.
It is a 42-year-old woman from the metropolitan areathe agency said in a press release. Meanwhile, another case is analyzed and the result is awaited, added Salud.
The municipalities with the highest number of cases identified at the moment are: San Juan (127 cases), Bayamón (21), Carolina (19), Guaynabo (14), Trujillo Alto (11), Toa Baja (7) and Guayama (7). Children between the ages of five and nine have been the most likely to acquire the virus, the agency noted.
“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 patios, ”said Secretary Carlos Mellado, noting that a public orientation campaign on dengue will soon begin.
“Given the pandemic we are facing, we have noticed how the use of the 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, there have been 97 hospitalizations so far this year, of which 13 cases have been severe and one fatal”, Detailed the secretary.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that once a week any items that collect water, such as tires, cisterns, buckets, vases, or trash cans, be emptied, covered, or thrown away. Also, fill in the hollows of trees to prevent them from filling with water, avoiding the breeding ground and the spread of mosquitoes. The insect rests in dark, damp areas, such as under patio furniture, or on the back of garage doors.
Likewise, there have been 13 cases of Zika. There were four hospitalizations in the 15-19 age group. At the moment, no case of Chikungunya has been identified.
During 2020, 844 confirmed cases and 321 hospitalizations were identified, however, there were no deaths related to dengue. This is attributed to the emergence of the coronavirus.