Cancun, Q.R. – Health officials have reported 39 cases of Chikungunya in the state of Quintana Roo this past week, which is low when the current population of more than 1.5 million is taken into consideration.
Of the three most populated cities in the state — Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Chetumal – Cancun and Chetumal were the two cities reporting the highest amount of cases, according to Juan Lorenzo Ortegón Pacheco, Secretary of Health. In Chetumal, 17 cases were reported while Cancun reported five cases of Chikungunya. During the past week, there were no reported cases in Solidarity. Other cases were diagnosed in smaller municipalities around the state.
He says he believes the reason Solidarity has been without any reported cases for this past week is due to the success of the city’s fogging campaign.“In Solidarity, there have been zero cases. Since last year we have been reinforcing the fogging program in municipalities were there have been the highest reporting of cases,” he explained.
Lorenzo Pacheco added that, “In José María Morelos and Bacalar, there were also cases of the virus. The state has spent 1.5 million peso on spraying sites were there have been more recorded cases of the virus.”
Chikungunya is spread by the same mosquitoes that transmit dengue.