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Panama exceeds 12,000 confirmed cases of dengue fever

Panama exceeds 12,000 confirmed cases of dengue fever
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November 27 |

The Panamanian Ministry of Health (Minsa), through its Department of Epidemiology, reported on Saturday that about 12,233 cases of dengue have been recorded in the country so far this year 2023, also confirming two new deaths totaling ten deaths from this disease.

The health agency stated that the regions with the most confirmed cases of dengue are Bocas del Toro, with 3,246 cases; Colon, with 2,461; Panama Metro, with 1,584; Panama Oeste, with 1,200 and Chiriqui, with 1,093.

The Minsa has launched a campaign to eradicate the impact of the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, the main carriers of the disease, reiterating the importance of keeping the residential sector and the work environment clean, installing metal grilles on doors and windows, checking them gradually, as well as searching for vector breeding sites.

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Dengue, a viral infection for which there is currently no specific treatment, has long affected tropical and subtropical regions. As mosquitoes are the main transmitters, early detection and urgent medical attention is important to reduce severe symptoms and mortality.

The treatment suggested by the World Health Organization (WHO) is limited to treating the symptoms and preventing the development of serious manifestations, as well as dehydration of the patient. Antipyretics should be administered to combat high fever and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen and aspirin) should be avoided because of the risk of hemorrhage.

Symptoms may include fever over 40 °C, severe headache, pain behind the eyes, in the muscles and joints, nausea, vomiting, swollen glands and rash. Most patients do not develop severe symptoms, but vigilance should be redoubled, especially after four days of convalescence.

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