By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
Health officials in Peru have announced that they will fumigate 40,000 homes in the San Martín region for the elimination of the dengue vector, Aedes aegypti.
Health Minister Elizabeth Hinostroza said: “We urge the population to allow entry of properly identified health personnel to their homes to carry out misting activities. I thank the health staff for their commitment. They work, but joint work with citizens is necessary ”.
Peru reported a total of 8,221 dengue cases in the first seven weeks of 2020, compared to 2,287 cases reported during the same period in 2019.
11 dengue-related deaths have been reported this year so far.
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Regarding COVID-19, the Ministry of Health has taken all preventive measures indicated by the World Health Organization (WHO). In this context, the National Center for Epidemiology, Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) issued the first epidemiological alert on January 30 to activate all preventive actions in all health facilities.
“We are working with airlines and migration to screen all people who come from suspicious areas with a sign of coronavirus. The health team already has the entire protocol ready, ”she explained.
She said there are currently five hospitals in Lima, which have allowed spaces for hospitalization of possible cases. She ruled that to date there are confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Peru and that the results of tests carried out in the suspected cases are available within 24 hours.