At least 26 people have died in Peru from dengue so far this year

Peru Dengue

The Peruvian Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported this Sunday that at least 26 people have died from dengue so far in 2023, and due to this increase in cases, it will deploy technical teams in the regions of the country that are in an emergency due to the presence of this virus.

The institution detailed in a statement that this year 20,044 people infected with dengue have been reported, of which 162 have been hospitalized due to the severity of the disease and 26 died.

The regions most affected by the virus are Ucayali (4,159 cases), Piura (2,486), Loreto (3,713), San Martín (1,706), Huánuco (1,464) and Madre de Dios (1,455).

“With the purpose of reinforcing dengue prevention and control actions in the country, the Ministry of Health ordered the deployment of technical teams to the regions that have been affected by the increase in cases and deaths from the disease transmitted by the Aedes mosquito. aegypti,” the portfolio said in the statement.

He pointed out that these technical teams will provide technical assistance and support to preventive and community interventions, larval control, clinical management of patients, laboratory diagnosis, fumigation and budget execution to regional health institutions.

He also explained that the actions against dengue are being implemented by the regions themselves, thanks to a transfer of resources of 16 million soles (4 million dollars), which the Minsa allocated to the 13 departments and 59 districts that are on alert.

The departments to which these actions will be directed are AmazonasAyacuchoCajamarcaCuzcoHuánuco, IcaJunínLambayequeLoretoMadre de DiosPiuraSan Martín, and Ucayali.

A month ago, the Ministry of Health issued an epidemiological alert due to the increase in dengue cases in the country, which at that time totaled 9,259 accumulated and 11 confirmed deaths.

The National Center for Epidemiology, Prevention and Control of Diseases of the Ministry of Health took this measure to “alert” the management teams of regional and local governments, both public and private, health personnel and health micro-networks in order to adopt prevention, control and comprehensive response measures.

To help identify the symptoms of this disease, this epidemiological center recalled that they are high fever, headache, muscle pain, eye and bone pain, and if these occur, it recommends going immediately to the health facility closest.