Concern in Peru over the outbreak of dengue fever epidemic

Peru is facing an epidemic of dengue fever, which has already cost the lives of seven people out of a total of more than 12,000 who have fallen ill within 2021, a number one third higher than that recorded in the corresponding period of 2020, the Ministry of Health announced yesterday, Tuesday.

«There have been 12,125 cases of dengue fever, including seven fatalities “, according to the data until the first week of March published yesterday by the National Center of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health, declaring an alarm.

The alarm was sounded due to a 34% increase in dengue cases fever compared to the same period last year, explained the health authorities.

The epidemic affects a third of the country, including the capital, where authorities have sprayed to eliminate incubators of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which transmit dengue fever, Zika and Tsikungunya diseases.

«There are confirmed cases of dengue fever and teams are working to reduce the outbreakPeruvian Deputy Health Minister Percy Minaya told the RPP radio station about the Lima epidemic.

In the region of Madre de Zeus, in the Amazon, on the border with Brazil and Bolivia, the epidemic incidence rate is 456 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, the highest in the country.

In 2020, 88 people died of dengue fever, according to the principles.

Dengue fever, Tsikungunya and Zika are three tropical infectious diseases that are spreading. Dengue fever causes a large increase in body temperature, muscle aches and an increased risk of uncontrollable bleeding that can lead to death.

In Peru, the disease was first diagnosed in 1984, before becoming endemic. According to the Pan-American Health Organization, part of the World Health Organization, the Latin American and Caribbean region is facing a steady increase in cases since 2019.

The dengue fever epidemic has been sounded as the Latin American country of 33 million people faces a second wave of the new coronavirus pandemic. which has caused hospital saturation and terrible oxygen shortages.

The Andean country has recorded 1.4 million cases of SARS-CoV-2 and more than 50,000 deaths due to COVID-19, with authorities announcing a lockdown during Catholic Easter week as part of efforts to stem the pandemic.