Health authorities warn of chikungunya epidemic in Paraguay

Health authorities warn of chikungunya epidemic in Paraguay

Representatives of the Ministry of Health and the municipalities of the Central Department met this Friday to update the epidemiological situation and propose measures to contain the spread of the disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes.

The national news agency published that most of the infected are concentrated in the municipalities of Limpio and Mariano Roque, where fumigation is being intensified to prevent new breeding grounds from forming.

According to the outlet, authorities fear that the epidemic will spread further in February and March when they resume teaching in the country.

The head of health, Julio Borba, explained that this body will accompany the clean-up work, the elimination of hatcheries, as well as the responsibility of the municipalities with the garbage collection services.

Similarly, the director of health surveillance, Guillermo Sequera, urged the population to be vigilant and to go to the nearest health center for symptoms such as abdominal pain and bleeding.

The Ministry of Health announced the death of a 73-year-old woman on the 13th, the first death reported in the state from the disease.

Chikungunya, transmitted by Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, causes fever and headache, joint discomfort and skin rash among its most common manifestations, symptoms that disappear in about a week.