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  • Previously, the national executive had been requested that an emergency be declared throughout the country which was then rejected

    Previously, the national executive had been requested that an emergency be declared throughout the country which was then rejected | Photo: Reuters

Published 29 January 2020
Opinion

The Municipal Board of Asuncion declares environmental and sanitary emergencies in case of dengue epidemic.

During the session held on Wednesday, local authorities have decided for 90 days to declare an environmental and health emergency in Asunción, capital of Paraguay, according to Humberto Blasco, president of the Municipal Board, via Twitter.

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According to Blasco, the purpose is to deal with the dengue epidemic in the Paraguayan city, after a strong rebound of the disease, transmitted by Aedes aegypti mosquito.

Authorities have also reported that four people have died as a result of the dengue epidemic, with 12 deaths under investigation.

The President of the @juntasuncion, Humberto Blasco, talks to the press about the declaration of “Environmental and Sanitary Emergency for Asuncion for 90 days”.

Most of the available case reports concentrate in the Asunción metropolitan area and the Central department.

Before the Dengue Epidemic, we declare State of Sanitary Emergency in the Central Department, through Ordinance 01/20.

Previously, the national executive had a request to declare the emergency throughout the country, it was rejected. After January 13th, the governor of the Central Department, Hugo Javier González decided to decree the health emergency for three months initially.

Minister Mazzoleni reported on the state of health of President @ MaritoAbdo and confirmed that the president suffers from type 4 dengue. He also explained that, despite the illness, he is in good condition and can continue his work schedule with some restrictions.

The president of Paraguay, Mario Abdo Benítez, has also been one of those infected by this dengue epidemic, which according to the health portfolio, there are about 2,200 confirmed cases.

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