THE BAJA POST
Baja California Health Secretary reports on detection and control of several cases of autochthonous dengue focused on San Felipe, and urges the population to reinforce prevention measures in order to avoid breeding grounds for the Aedes Aegypti mosquito which is the transmission vector of the disease.
It is important to identify and detect symptoms at the early stage of contagion, said Adrián Medina Amarillas, Baja California Health Secretary, who also announced that last week, an outbreak of 15 dengue cases was reported, affecting San Felipe residents ranging form 14 to 68 years old, who were diagnosed on time and helped by medical personnel from the Mexicali Sanitary Jurisdiction.
The patients are currently stable and safe, with a favorable healing evolution of their condition, and are not hospitalized since it is no necessary, said Dr. Medina.
Dr. Medina said that after identification of the first case, without traveling history, that is a case that migh haveorigineted in San Felipe, vector control actions began, as well as intersectoral training for first contact doctors, and the search for febrile patients.
“We reacted fast, once the first dengue case was confirmed, thus we achieved early detection, so the staff focused on the corresponding epidemiologic measures and is currently controlled,” said Medina Amarillas.
He mentioned that, in order to reduce the density of the mosquito in the affected region, 25 elements of the Vectors program, worked on the thermal fogging of 900 hectares (about 2.4 thousand acres), spraying 200 houses, accompanied by health promotion personnel of the Health Jurisdiction.
Dr. Medina recalled that dengue is a dangerous disease which is characterized by symptoms such as fever, nausea, vomiting, muscle pain, headache and retro eye, as well as rash (red spots on the skin), associated with the presence of the mosquito.
It should be noted that this fly looks for places such as containers with stagnant water in containers such as buckets, old tires, buckets, drums, and pots, as well as disposable bottles and pots.
Finally, he called on the population to keep their yards clean, as well as apply the “wash, cover, turn and throw away” strategy in reference to keeping clean, dry and without accumulated water, all those containers susceptible to becoming breeding grounds for the dengue-transmitting mosquito.