1,500 probable cases of dengue in Puerto Vallarta

At a press conference the head of the eighth health region, Jaime Álvarez Zayas, confirmed that Pitillal, Las Juntas and Ixtapa are the sites with the most confirmed cases.

The problem of dengue has reached the level of epidemiological crisis worldwide and in Jalisco, there are more than 5,000 registered cases, so the threat is latent and it is expected that there will be an increase in infected during the month of November.

According to the figures in the region, there are 276 confirmed cases, 174 of which are from Puerto Vallarta although the number of people who may have dengue could be 1,500 when accounting for unconfirmed cases.

Jalisco is the second state with more confirmed cases with 5,050, only behind Veracruz, however, the number of deaths in the state has already reached 13 and could be more than 50, due to the deaths that are still under investigation.

Although there are only 40 brigade members in the city, 75 more will arrive from the metropolitan area to begin fumigation, Álvarez Zayas said.

He also said that every 5 years dengue changes its structure and therefore the numbers of infected people rise. The reality is that if a person had dengue at some time in their life, they become immune to that type of dengue, however, when the disease undergoes a mutation, immunity is lost and can become infected again.

Finally, the authorities ask the population to cooperate with the brigade members and let them into the homes, as long as they can identify themselves as workers of the Jalisco Ministry of Health. Brigades inspect your home for standing water and provide pesticides for laundry sink areas and information on how you can help stop the spread of Dengue.

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