[Audio] How to prevent dengue: “In Chile we are in a moment of caution,” says expert

[Audio] How to prevent dengue: “In Chile we are in a moment of caution,” says expert
[Audio] How to prevent dengue: “In Chile we are in a moment of caution,” says expert

Neighbors Peru and Argentina have respectively recorded 102 and 119 deaths due to the historic dengue outbreak alone so far in 2024. In Chile, three autochthonous infections have been reported in Rapa Nui, where the Aedes Aegypti mosquito – vector of the disease – is endemic. , unlike the continental territory, where it is not.

Therefore, “we are in a moment of caution and we can get ahead of ourselves. It is a super good time for the authorities to strengthen entomological surveillance and the presence of the virus and train health personnel,” said Claudia Saavedra, spokesperson for the Chilean Society of Microbiology, in A New Morning.

“One of the first measures is to focus” on the mosquito. “The important thing now is that it is close. It reproduces in stagnant water, so you have to take precautions: avoid having standing water, water in tires,” he recommended, as well as wearing long clothes and using natural or chemical repellents on the extremities if It comes to be in places with its presence.

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