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Three New Dengue Deaths Raise Concern in Panama

May 21, 2024 | News & Articles, Panama | 0 comments

by Ismael Gordón Guerrel

Among the victims, according to the Ministry of Health, is a case in the Chiriquí region and two children from the Colón province.

The dengue situation in Panama continues to be a cause for concern for health authorities, with a total of 4,297 accumulated cases across the country.

The most affected regions remain Panama Metro, Panama Oeste, Colón, Chiriquí, Bocas del Toro, Panama Este, and Panama Norte, which account for the majority of positive cases.

According to information from the Ministry of Health of Panama, in epidemiological week No. 19, three new dengue deaths were reported.

This raises the total number of deaths to 12, highlighting the severity of the situation.

Among the victims is a case in the Chiriquí region, while the other two are children aged 7 and 5, from the Colón province.

Both children died at the Hospital del Niño.

In response to this situation, the Ministry of Health (MINSA) has reiterated the importance of maintaining cleanliness in homes and workplaces.

The public is urged to thoroughly check screens on doors and windows, as well as spaces under sinks, as these are areas prone to harboring breeding grounds for the dengue-transmitting mosquito.

Additionally, in the same epidemiological week, 63 new malaria cases were confirmed, with the Guna Yala region leading with 38 cases; followed by Darién with 11, Ngäbe Buglé with 6, Panama Este with 3, Panama Metro with 2, and the regions of Panama Oeste, Chiriquí, and San Miguelito with 1 each.


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