Dengue cases continue to rise in Guatemala, where so far there are reports that 28 people have died from the disease. according to the Ministry of Health, whose authorities called on the population to contribute to the eradication of pregnant mosquitoes.
Last August 26, Health recorded 14,299 cases of dengue, of which 36 correspond to severe dengue; However, in the last update, corresponding to September 2, an increase of 2,225 new cases was observed.
“On September 2, 16,524 cases of dengue were reported, of which 14,040 were cases without warning signs. 2,389 with warning signs, 95 cases of severe dengue and 28 deaths. Health statement details.
The document added that Health “reiterated to the population of Guatemala that, due to suspicions of dengue symptoms such as fever, headache, joint pain and pain behind the eyes, etc., it is important to go to the Health service and not self-medicate.”
He added that to combat the risks of dengue “it is necessary to check the surroundings of the houses such as patios, gardens, etc. and other places to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.”
It says that the same should be done with the vessels in which the water is stored, which must be protected so that they do not become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Health also added that “13 of the Departmental Directorates of Comprehensive Health Services Networks exceeded the national incidence of dengue, which, after Zacapa, those with the highest risk are Chiquimula, Petén Sur Oriental, Escuintla, Quetzaltenango, Baja Verapaz and Sacatepéquez.
In the document, Health points out that “Constant vigilance and monitoring is maintained” and that “actions such as entomological survey, case finding, nebulization, disposal, promotion and education of communities continue.”
“The population is encouraged to maintain actions such as regularly washing batteries and places to store water for consumption, changing containers such as tires, pots and bottles to avoid water stagnation , throwing away all the vessels from their houses. not using and saving rainwater, etc.”, says the Health statement.
It concludes: “The staff of the Health service network remains alert to the care of the population with symptoms at each of the first, second and third levels of the care service, the Protocol for the Clinical Management of Dengue applied, therefore, If any member of the family or workplace has any warning symptoms such as fever, vomiting, severe abdominal pain or bleeding, consult Health services immediately.”