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Dengue threat after recent rains

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19 cases of dengue were recorded in the state during January, mostly in La Paz and Los Cabos, according to Dr. Alejo Mendez Hernandez , director of Epidemiology, Ministry of Health ( SSA) of BCS.

During 2014 4,601 dengue cases were recorded in Baja Sur; 95 of which were of the hemorrhagic type, said Mendez Hernandez , adding that " the dengue outbreak is still evolving " and urging that it is essential with the recent rains that people cover or destroy  old tires and abandoned containers that could hold water as well as covering water tanks, reservoirs and  anywhere else that water collects and can harbor breeding mosquitoes .

Mendez Hernandez explained that identifying outbreaks in time prevents the spread of the disease.

Many people, especially children and teens, may experience no signs or symptoms during a mild case of dengue fever. When symptoms do occur, they usually begin four to 10 days after you are bitten by an infected mosquito. Signs and symptoms of dengue fever most commonly include:

•Fever, as high as 106 F (41 C)


•Muscle, bone and joint pain

•Pain behind your eyes

You might also experience:

•Widespread rash

•Nausea and vomiting

•Rarely, minor bleeding from your gums or nose

Most people recover within a week or so. In some cases, symptoms worsen and can become life-threatening. Blood vessels often become damaged and leaky. And the number of clot-forming cells (platelets) in your bloodstream drops. This can cause:

•Bleeding from your nose and mouth

•Severe abdominal pain

•Persistent vomiting

•Bleeding under the skin, which might look like bruising

•Problems with your lungs, liver and heart

There is currently no vaccine or other preventative medication for dengue. The dengue mosquito is a day-flying insect and is most active morning and evening.

As ever, the best defense is protection from bites by using easily purchased mosquito repellent products and screens. You can use most of these safely with sunscreens and they should be applied in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions but generally before you apply sunscreen.


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