A dengue fever outbreak that has affected hundreds of Paraguayans in current weeks has reached so far as the presidential palace, with the nation’s chief Mario Abdo Benitez confirmed as having been struck by the illness.
The nation’s Well being Minister Julio Mazzoleni mentioned on Wednesday that the 48-year-old president fell unwell throughout a visit to the east of the nation and returned to the capital Asuncion the place the analysis was confirmed. He has been ordered to relaxation.
“The results of the blood check successfully confirms that the president has dengue,” Mazzoleni mentioned at a press convention.
“He’ll fulfil his agenda in Mburuvicha Roga [the presidential residence] with some restrictions,” he mentioned, including the president was in a “good common situation.”
The analysis underscores the potential severity of the outbreak of the illness in Paraguay, which has the second highest incidence of dengue in South American after Brazil. A extreme outbreak in 2013 led to 250 deaths within the nation.
The World Well being Group says the incidence of dengue, which causes excessive fever and joint ache, has been rising quickly in current many years. There is no such thing as a particular remedy, however early detection and care reduces dangers related to the illness.
The minister mentioned Abdo Benitez should full a relaxation interval of at the very least 48 hours and might be evaluated daily so as “to discharge him when applicable.”
He added that the remainder time may final three to seven days.
Dengue is an endemic illness in Paraguay, with instances peaking in the summertime months when the transmitting Aedes Aegypti mosquito proliferates. The federal government introduced days in the past that it’s getting ready for a robust epidemic that might peak in February.
The well being ministry has additionally confirmed that to date this yr two folks have died because of the illness and one other 14 deaths are being investigated. As well as 1,800 instances of dengue have been confirmed and about 10,000 suspected instances reported.