In total, 59 municipalities reported active transmission of the disease in the department.
Dengue is currently one of the most transmitted viral diseases in Colombia and other countries in the region. In fact, it was recently learned that a total of 20 departments are experiencing an outbreak, including Cundinamarca.
Faced with the increase in transmission of the virus registered in several municipalities of Cundinamarca, the Office of the Governor of the Ministry is promoting a campaign with citizens to prevent the appearance of the Aedes mosquito, which is the main vector of dengue infection.
Even more, because during the ceremonial bridge, thousands left Bogotá and stayed in several municipalities of Cundinamarca with a hot climate, the most affected by dengue. That’s because it’s a disease that spreads among populations below 2,200 meters above sea level.
According to the latest data from the National Institute of Health (INS), released in its weekly epidemiological bulletin published on March 20, 718 cases of dengue were reported in Cundinamarca this year (between January 1 and March 11).
Of the people diagnosed in the department, there were 340 cases without warning signs, 428 cases were reported with warning signs, and another 10 cases were reported as severe dengue cases. At national level, the country recorded a total of
Likewise, the Department of Immigration and Nationality announced how many municipalities in Cundinamarca are facing the spread of the virus and how high the risks are.
In total, there are 59 municipalities in the district where the health system has identified cases of dengue. On the other hand, it is known that in 13.6% of these municipalities there is an outbreak notification, which corresponds to a total of eight municipalities.
But perhaps one of the most alarming data is that four deaths that could have been caused by dengue are being investigated in Cundinamarca. According to the INS, a total of 68 suspected dengue deaths were registered throughout the country, 2 cases were confirmed (belonging to the Meta section), 10 cases were ruled out and another 55 deaths are under study.
To prevent the spread of dengue, health authorities offer some simple recommendations that can be easily followed. The Health Department, for example, recommends frequent washing of some containers that still contain water, such as animal troughs, vases and swimming pools.
Whenever possible, citizens should avoid exposed buckets of water as they can easily attract mosquitoes. Likewise, it is necessary to constantly clean gardens, patios or green areas from weeds.
What are the symptoms of dengue?
During the ceremonial bridge, many travelers can fall prey to mosquito bites while in warm-weather municipalities, so it is essential to know when dengue symptoms appear.
Among the characteristic signs of this disease are Ministry of Health fever, bone pain, headache, joint pain, loss of appetite and pain behind the eyes. There are some alarming symptoms such as severe weakness, persistent fever, bleeding gums, bleeding in the urine, bruising of the skin and persistent pain in the abdomen.
Likewise, the Bolsa Ministerial da Saúde warns that, if dengue fever is suspected, it is better to avoid self-medication, drink plenty of liquids and seek a health institution as soon as possible.
After receiving medical advice, patients must undergo a viral test that determines whether or not they are infected. If the test result is positive, they will have to undergo fluid therapy and pain medication.