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Panama reports over 2,000 dengue cases

Panama City, Jun 17 (Prensa Latina) Panamanian health authorities on Saturday reported 2,058 cases of dengue so far this year.

According to the Health Ministry (MINSA), 233 patients have showed warning symptoms and seven were reported as seriously-ill.

MNSA´s report stated that out of the total number of dengue cases, 1,060 are women and 998 are men.

Among regions most hit are Colon (east) and Bocas del Toro (west); in addition to the metropolitan region of Panama city, the district of San Miguelito and Panama West and Panama North. MINSA reiterated its call to the population to keep their homes and workplaces clean; check the screens of doors, windows and look under the sinks, as these are sites where dengue-transmitting mosquito can breed.

In this regard, the National Head of MINSA´s Epidemiology Department Lourdes Moreno said that in addition to the effort made in health promotion and the work done by the vector control team, the most important issue is that each person checks their own environment.