Dengue Outbreak in Peru Escalates with 200K Cases and 200 Fatalities Amid El Niño Rains

LIMA, PERU – The Dengue fever outbreak in Peru has reached a staggering 200,000 cases and 200 fatalities. The outbreak has been worsened by the recent El Niño rains which caused mosquito breeding sites to increase.

The Health Ministry of Peru has warned that the outbreak is expected to continue as the rainy season is not yet over. As a response, authorities have carried out fumigation campaigns across the country and urged citizens to properly dispose of their waste to prevent mosquito breeding.

Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne viral disease characterized by high fever, headache, joint and muscle pain, and rash. The severe form, known as Dengue hemorrhagic fever, can be fatal.

The Ministry of Health has stepped up its efforts to control the outbreak by deploying additional medical personnel in affected areas and setting up mobile clinics. However, it is struggling to cope with the number of cases reported.

The government has called on citizens to take extra measures to protect themselves from mosquitoes, such as wearing long-sleeved clothing, using mosquito nets, and applying insect repellent.

Officials across the country are also warning the public to avoid leaving stagnant water in open containers, a breeding ground for the mosquito that carries the dengue virus.

The outbreak has prompted the Peruvian government to declare a state of emergency in multiple regions, including the cities of Piura, Lambayeque, La Libertad, and Tumbes. The declaration, which allows the government to allocate funds to address the outbreak, is set to last for 90 days.

Peru is not the only country battling the mosquito-borne disease. Brazil and the Philippines have also reported a surge in Dengue cases in recent months. The World Health Organization has warned that there is no specific treatment for Dengue and preventive measures are key in stopping the spread of the disease.