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First dengue fever death reported in Quintana Roo

Chetumal, Q.R. – As of this year, the State Health Department (SESA) has confirmed the first death as a result of dengue fever.

A child from Felipe Carrillo Puerto died from not receiving the necessary medical attention in a timely manner.

Juan Lorenzo Pacheco Ortegón Health Secretary, explained, “In the last week of January and first week of February we had a report of a minor who was experiencing a problem of acute respiratory infection, along with its complications.”

He explained that the child may have died from a belated attention as the health sector in their area was not adequate. The child was taken to Solidarity but died within a few hours of being admitted.

In 2014, there were four recorded deaths related to dengue fever in the state of Quintana Roo. The health secretary said that last year, most of those deaths were seniors. This year, the numbers are still lower than they were last year. Cases of dengue fever in minors is not significant because most of the people affected are 18-42.

Related: Solidaridad dengue fever cases down

“It is not high or severe. Our dengue problem is reported mostly in people aged 18-42 years old, but these are people who spend more time on the road for their work,” he said.

Ortegón Pacheco recommended people empty pots or anything that can collect water to avoid breeding of mosquitoes. He also asks that people avoid littering – throwing tins, cans, bags — on the street because they too, are apt to accumulate water.

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