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Bolivia on alert due to dengue fever

Bolivia on alert due to dengue fever

La Paz, Feb 25 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian Health Service Department (SEDES) of La Paz declared an epidemiological red alert, due to the increasing in dengue fever contagions, SEDES Director Prisley Rivero announced.

‘There is a considerable increase in positive cases and cases with alarm signs, so SEDES La Paz is launching a red alert to take actions,’ Rivero noted.

He pointed out that the actions are aimed at strengthening epidemiological surveillance at all three levels of health care and improving the response capacity from municipal authorities to control the vector and prevent the epidemic from continuing to rise.

Rivero added that the highest number of infections is reported in Caranavi, where the local hospital has taken measures to guarantee patients’ care.

Other municipalities hit by the epidemic are San Buenaventura, Teoponte, Palos Blancos and La Asunta. According to Rivero, SEDES sent personnel to carry out operations to eliminate the transmitting agent, the Aedes aegyptis mosquito.

He called on the population to clean their homes and surroundings to prevent the proliferation of the vector.


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