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Over 1,000 dengue cases confirmed at “D-Day” launch

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Dengue avoidance advice

PANAMA’S “D Day” was launched by the Ministry of Health (Minsa) on Sunday, June 25 with the announcement of 1,036 confirmed cases of dengue throughout the country.

Of that figure, 26.9% were detected in women and 23.64% in men, with no deaths recorded ere are  an additional   1,435, suspected cases, there are 1,435, of these, 91 with ‘alarming’ signs and three are serious.

The “D-Day” campaign, focuses on p measures to prevent the proliferation of the mosquito Aedes aegypti, responsible for viruses such as dengue, zika and chikungunya.

Deputy Minister of Health, Eric Ulloa, said that the fight against the mosquito is not only the task  of the Minsa, but of all institutions and individuals, in doing the work of reviewing yards and houses to achieve the elimination of breeding grounds.

Last year, the Minsa reported 3,327 confirmed cases of dengue throughout the country, of which 244 showed  alarm signs  14 were severe and 11 deaths were recorded.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/health/alerts/1000-dengue-cases-confirmed-d-day-launch

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Chiriqui and Costa Rica fight dengue outbreak

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CHIRIQUÍ and Costa Rica sanitary authorities have  reinforced efforts  to prevent an increase in dengue cases in the border region.

Patricio Camarena, coordinator of the Department of Vector Control of the Ministry of Health in Chiriqui, there has been an increase in dengue infestation in the Progreso area, a border community, have been

Camarera said that of the 1,056  properties  visited, 3% have the Aedes aegypti mosquito , which tansmits  dengue zika, chikungunya and yellow fever.

For this reason, fumigation is underway twice daily.

Ministry regional director Agustín Saldaña, said that the increase of rainfall favors the mosquito’s proliferation, so he reiterated the message to property owners:

“The best prevention of dengue is to avoid and eliminate any reservoir of water, however  smallmthat can serve as a breeding ground for the transmitting insect.” Last week, the infestation in the province of Chiriquí increased from 3.2% to 3.8%

The number of confirmed classical dengue cases in the province remains at 32.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/chiriqui-costa-rica-fight-dengue-outbreak

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Dengue alert in Chiriqui

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WITH SIX WEEKS of the rainy season still ahead the number of cases of dengue in  Chiriqui has already passed the total for last year. says the MInistry of Health.

Health departments report 57 cases, 17 more than in 2016 a situation that puts the population at risk says The Ministry of Health (MINSA)

Patricio Camarena, provincial head of vectors at the MINSA, explained that last year for the same date only 40 cases of classical dengue had been reported, and the most alarming thing is that there are still weeks waiting for heavy downpours.

“Despite the constant calls for attention the population does not take preventive measures and does not collaborate with the cleaning of its properties and the elimination of the hatcheries,” said the official.

The districts of David, Barú and Bugaba have the highest number of cases of classic dengue.

In recent weeks, the rates of infestation by breeding sites of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, transmitting this disease, reached 6.6%, with the communities of San Mateo, El Alba, Las Lomas and Paso Canoas being the most infested. The Ministry has visited nearly 2,000 homes and properties.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/health/alerts/dengue-alert-chiriqui

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Interesting to note that the CDC and travel clinics here in the U.S. provide advice to prevent malaria in Panama.  No where have I found a mention of Zika or Dengue fever as an alert.  What is the status of malaria in our neighborhood?  Is there typically a rise in cases after the rainy season?

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1 minute ago, Panawanna said:

Interesting to note that the CDC and travel clinics here in the U.S. provide advice to prevent malaria in Panama.  No where have I found a mention of Zika or Dengue fever as an alert.  What is the status of malaria in our neighborhood?  Is there typically a rise in cases after the rainy season?

What neighborhood?

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Sorry...meant the Chiriquí neighborhood.. although we won't be there until next month, we already think of it as our neighborhood!

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Chiriquí is a very large "neighborhood"

You are not at risk of developing malaria, zika or dengue in the Boquete area. The mosquitoes that carry these diseases cannot survive at our altitude. Also, there is no vaccine available in Panama or the States that prevents dengue or zika. Use deet and get rid of standing water if you're at sea level.

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Rainy season looms, 2 dengue deaths

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Posted 28/04/2019

Two deaths have from been recorded from dengue virus, transmitted by the Aedes aegypti female mosquito reports the Ministry of Health.

The deaths, a man and a woman were recorded ported in the corregimiento of José Domingo Espinar, in San Miguelito, and the other in Santa Ana, in the metropolitan region. It is about a woman and a man. Both adults.

We must keep our guard and avoid hatcheries and seek timely attention,"  said Itza Barahona de Mosca, Deputy Minister of Health.

Up to March of this year, 507 confirmed cases of dengue were reported, of those 458 were without warning signs, 45 with warning signs, four were severe dengue. Colón (251 cases), Herrera (55), Panamá Norte (40), Coclé (39), Panama Metro (32), San Miguelito (26), are the provinces that report the most cases with this virus so far this year.

from January to September of 2018, there were 2,464 cases of dengue, with There were three deaths, two in Colón and one in Panama Metro.

The Health Ministry recommended that with the arrival of the rains to prevent any disease caused by the mosquito (dengue, zika or chikungunya) the population should monitor homes to ensure that there are no containers with water (including vases),  and check the surroundings after each rain because breeding sites are possible.

At home, do not leave doors open and use an insect vaporizer or an indoor spray to kill the mosquitoes and treat the areas where they rest.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/rainy-season-looms-2-dengue-deaths

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Health Ministry confirms three dengue deaths

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Posted 10/08/2019

Dengue has killed three people so far this year, in Panama and there are 1,500 confirmed cases across the country with 90 of them  showing cause for alarm. Two of the victims were in San Miguelito and one in Panama City although both areas do not have the highest dengue incidence rates.

 There were three deaths across the country throughout 2018.

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) has called on the population to clean up sites where mosquitos can breed.

in Colón, where there are 400 cases the Minsa organized a cleaning day that focused on communities such as Villa del Caribe, Villa Luzmila, the city of Colón, Sabanitas and Puerto Pilón.

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Dengue cases are also being closely monitored by the health authorities of Central America, due to deaths recorded in several countries.

In Guatemala, 12,081 cases and 27 deaths have been reported, while in Nicaragua there are 697 cases, with 7 deaths.

In Honduras, a health alert was declared for, 58 dengue deaths.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/health-ministry-confirms-three-dengue-deaths

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Herrera alert as countrywide dengue cases top  1,550

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Posted 16/08/2019

Health authorities in  Herrera are on alert for an increase in dengue cases, already at  160 ranking the province second in the country for the number of confirmed cases.

Until week 32, which ended on August 11, the f Chitré district had the largest number of cases with 103.

The number of patients may be greater, as some patients do not go to health facilities which has led , the Ministry of Health (Minsa) to call on the population if they have symptoms of high fever, malaise, body aches, fatigue, and headache, go immediately to their nearest health center and remember not to medicate.

On August 14, Minsa declared health surveillance throughout the country as a public health measure for the prevention and control of dengue and other diseases such as Zika and Chikungunya.

Some 40% of confirmed cases are located in the province of Colón.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/herrera-alert-as-countrywide-dengue-cases-top-1550

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HEALTH: Dengue alert ,1,220 cases. 3 deaths

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Posted 16/09/2019

In spite of intensive fumigation campaigns to homes and surrounding areas to eliminate the breeding grounds of the Aedes aegypti mosquito the transmitter of diseases such as dengue, zika, and chikungunya, Over 1,200 cases of dengue, leading to three deaths have been recorded says the Ministry of Health. San Miguelito is one of the areas with the highest infestation rates.

Fines  
People who ignore warning messages about eliminating mosquito breeding grounds face fines up to $100.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/health-dengue-alert-1220-cases-3-deaths

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Dengue cases swell to 1,689 with  three deaths

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Posted 24/09/2019

The number of dengue cases across Panama has risen to 1,689  with three deaths, two in San Miguelito and one in Panama City reports the Ministry of Health (Minsa).

There 137 cases with alarm sign s and  7 cases of severe dengue.

The health regions with the highest rates of dengue cases are  Colón, Panamá Norte, Panamá Metro, Panamá Oeste, and San Miguelito.

The Ministry  recommends that the population continue with prevention measures to stop the spread of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the main transmitter of dengue and other diseases  by eliminating potential breeding sites containing water, even in small amounts

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/dengue-cases-swell-to-1689-with-three-deaths

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Health alert follows 5 dengue deaths, 2,676 cases

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Posted 07/11/2019

A countrywide sanitary alert was issued by the Ministry of Health (Minsa) on Wednesday, November 6  as the numb.er of confirmed cases of people infected with dengue virus from bites of Aedes aegypti. Rose to  2,676, including five deaths.

Three deaths occurred in San Miguelito, one in Panama Metro and another in Chepo. 

The alert urges citizens to eliminate mosquito breeding sites in homes; They stress that fumigation kills adult mosquitoes, but not larvae and warn people to, cover containers where water is stored. change water in vases every three days. 4. Change the water in the pets’ drinking fountain daily.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/health-alert-follows-5-dengue-deaths-2676-cases-1

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Moderator comment: Interesting that in early November there were five (5) reported deaths, and now at the end of November there are four (4) reported deaths. Has there been a miraculous ascension?

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3,601 dengue cases, 4 deaths

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Posted 27/11/2019

 Dengue cases in Panama so far this year have risen to 3,601 reports the    Ministry of Health (Minsa).

There are 8 cases of severe dengue and 4 deaths (two in San Miguelito, one in the Metropolitan region and one in East Panama).

Colon, with 798 confirmed cases, is the province with the highest incidence of the disease. followed by the Panama North (793)

Minsa  calls on people's conscience and responsibility to eliminate the transmission of the disease caused by the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

The task of controlling the mosquito, eliminating hatcheries inside homes and in the surrounding area, can only be achieved with the participation of all families and the community in general, said the Ministry

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/3601-dengue-cases-4-deaths

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273 dengue victims in San Miguelito. 3 deaths

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Posted 22/12/2019

With a reported 273 cases of dengue in San Miguelito up to December 7 The  Ministry of Health (Minsa) has renewed its call to residents to keep areas around their homes clean.

Three deaths have been confirmed; the last one in the  Belisario Porras sector.

The Minsa said Saturday that the sectors with the highest infestation index are: Belisario Porras, Belisario Frías and Omar Torrijos and stressed  the importance of keeping the premises of their homes and their surroundings clean. It is also important to properly dispose of all unusable containers and place the containers that are in use undercover San Miguelito said  Yaritzel Ríos, regional health director .

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/273-dengue-victims-in-san-miguelito-3-deaths

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4.066 dengue  victims 5 deaths

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Posted 25/12/2019

With days to go before the Ministry of Health (Minsa) closes the record books for 2019, it reports a total of  4,066  dengue cases nationwide.

Of those 383 are with warning signs, 11 are serious cases and to date 5 deaths. Lourdes Moreno, from Epidemiologia del Minsa, recommends that people who have to reserve drinking water for their basic needs, empty  and scrub them once a week Properly dispose of any unusable container, brush the pet's feeding bowl  and drinking fountains, to remove mosquito eggs that may be attached

The population is reminded not to self-medicate. If you have symptoms such as headache, high fever, joint pain, or skin rash, go to your nearest Health Center.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/4066-dengue-victims-5-deaths

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As Panama prepares for coronavirus dengue  hits 356, kills 2

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Posted 04/03/2020

Until February 22, 1,012 cases of dengue had been registered in the country, of which 894 were without alarm signs, 112 with alarm signs and 6 cases of severe dengue.

While the government of Panama is readying for a possible outbreak of Coronavirus, during the first 22 days of February, 356 cases of dengue with two deaths were recorded.

Until February 22, 1,012 cases of dengue had been registered in the country, of which 894 were without alarm signs, 112 with alarm signs and 6 cases of severe dengue.

The districts that accumulate the greatest number of dengue cases are: Panama, Arraiján, Chepo, Colón and San Miguelito, and among the districts with the highest incidence of cases are Chepo cabecera, Pacora, Chilibre, Ernesto Córdoba, Las Garzas and Mayor Díaz

The Health Ministry (Minsa) asks citizens to prevent the proliferation of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, a transmitter of dengue. The authorities demand to avoid the accumulation of water, clean the courtyards and surroundings of the residences and contribute to the collection of garbage.

The authorities also warn the population not to lower their guard against circulating respiratory viruses in the country and reiterate the measures to be taken such as washing hands frequently with soap and water, avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with dirty hands. Also, cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, and avoid close contact with sick people.

it is recommended to clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that people frequently touch
 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/as-panama-prepares-for-coronavirus-dengue-hits-356-kills-2

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I have been researching flaviviridae, of which Dengue, Chikungyunga and Zika are the most notable.   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flavivirus  They are all carried by Aedes Aegypti.  Guess which plant type is most attractive to flaviviridae?  Unfortunately, bromeliads.... including presumably our orchideas.  

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Moderator comment: FYI, here is the location of Las Garzas, courtesy of Wikipedia:

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Alta incidencia de dengue en Las Garzas con más de 60 casos

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El Ministerio de Salud de Panamá realizó un megaoperativo en el corregimiento de Las Garzas, para la detección y eliminación de criaderos de mosquito aedes aegypti, transmisor de enfermedades como el dengue, fiebre amarilla, zika y chikungunya.

 

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High incidence of dengue in Las Garzas with more than 60 cases

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The Ministry of Health of Panama carried out a mega-operation in the township of Las Garzas, for the detection and elimination of breeding sites for aedes aegypti mosquitoes, transmitters of diseases such as dengue, yellow fever, zika and chikungunya.

 

https://www.telemetro.com/nacionales/2020/06/17/alta-incidencia-de-dengue-en-las-garzas-con-mas-de-60-casos/2961073.html

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DENGUE:      Lots of broken water pipes around where I live.  Around them are ponds of water where mosquitoes can breed.  We know that repair can sometimes be a ways off so a squirt of dish soap in a pond of water by your home will suppress mosquito larvae from propagation.   

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