Dengue still on the rise in Puerto Vallarta

Dengue cases are on the rise and until the second week of August, there were 1, 204 reported cases and two deaths.

Of these cases, 924 are classic and 280 hemorrhagic, in addition to two deaths, a 60-year-old man and an 82-year-old woman from Guadalajara and Zapopan were reported by the government.

According to the Jalisco Ministry of Health, both deaths were due to serotype 2 of the dengue virus and were reported by the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS). They noted that both patients already had diseases such as diabetes mellitus, kidney failure, and high blood pressure.

As reported by VallartaDaily, Philippa “Pip” Greig, a champion skier from New Zealand died from Dengue in Puerto Vallarta on August 17. Philippa was a healthy adult with no known illnesses at the time of her death. Her death has not been included in the latest government numbers.

Last year, until August 11, the Federal Ministry of Health registered no deaths by Dengue in the State of Jalisco, although PVDN cannot independently confirm those numbers.

In addition, in one week, from August 11 to 17, 295 new cases were reported: 230 of the classic type and 95 of the hemorrhagic type. The municipalities with the highest number of confirmed cases of this disease are: Guadalajara with 351, Zapopan with 147, Puerto Vallarta with 103, Sayula with 77 and Autlán de Navarro with 66.

The state agency recommends using repellent on skin and clothing, wearing long sleeves and pants for outdoor activities, placing mosquito nets on the windows and using household insecticides.

Also, to prevent mosquito reproduction, avoid leaving empty containers outdoors to prevent water from accumulating, keeping yards and gardens without weeds, cleaning trash and keeping household sinks chlorinated.

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