931 Dengue fever cases so far this year

2007 has so far brought two deaths and more that 931 cases of dengue fever in Peru, according to the Ministry of Health.

The two people who died contracted the more dangerous form, Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever, in Trujillo in February. 

Standard Dengue, caused by the same virus, is present in the departments of La Libertad, Piura, Loreto, Ucayali, San Martín and Junín, in the north and east of Peru, where heat and poor sanitation favor the disease’s spread.

The Ministry of Health has responded with a nationwide program to fumigate over a million homes in order to eliminate the mosquito vector, Aedes aegypti. 30,000 of a planned 75,000 homes have already been fumigated in La Libertad alone.

The ministry has also handed out four tons of larvicides, small bags to put into water storage containers that kill the mosquito larvae without being harmful to humans.

In 2006 4,025 cases of Dengue were reported, a drop of over 30% on figures from 2005, when an outbreak in the Lima slum district of Comas led to over 1,000 cases.

See also:
Health Ministry fears dengue fever in Lima
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