Guatemala declares public health emergency over dengue outbreak

Guatemala declares public health emergency over dengue outbreak

“We have made the decision to declare a national health emergency due to the current situation,” Health Minister Francisco Coma said at a press conference, adding that the measure would be in effect for three months.

According to the Ministry of Health, 22 people died from dengue fever in the country from January to August. In addition, 12,263 cases were registered, which is 152 percent more than in the same period last year.

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This measure, which involves several public and private institutions, includes fumigation to eradicate disease-carrying mosquitoes.

“The importance of this intervention and inter-agency coordination is to prevent an increase in current cases,” Undersecretary for Civil Protection Walter Monroy said, recalling that the country’s worst dengue epidemic began in 2019. over 50,000 cases have been reported.

Currently and until October in Guatemala is the rainy season. Mosquitoes that carry the disease lay their eggs in stagnant water.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), dengue fever is characterized by high fever, severe headaches, retroorbital pain, muscle and joint pain, nausea, and vomiting.

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