Health Alert in Mexico: Oaxaca Records Its First Case of Zika in 2024


The city of Oaxaca and its metropolitan area have reported the most dengue cases with 37

The Oaxaca Health Secretariat confirmed the first case of the Zika virus both in the state and in all of Mexico.

The affected patient is a 58-year-old man, a resident of the municipality of San Juan Guichicovic, located in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec area. He is currently hospitalized and under medical treatment, although his condition is reported as stable.

This first case has generated an alert in the public health system, given that the Zika virus is transmitted by the same mosquito vector as dengue.

Furthermore, in pregnant women, this infection can be particularly severe, as it has been associated with cases of microcephaly in newborns.

Health authorities have deployed brigades in the affected area to carry out fieldwork, aiming to identify possible additional cases and take preventive measures.

According to the latest epidemiological report, no deaths from dengue have been recorded in the region so far, but six new cases have been confirmed, bringing the total to 79 across the state.

The data reveals that the city of Oaxaca and its metropolitan area are the most affected, with 37 cases of dengue, followed by the Coast with 26, the Isthmus with nine, Tuxtepec with four, the Sierra with two, and the Mixteca with one case.

Of the 79 confirmed cases, 42 are women and 37 are men. Of the total, 57 present warning signs, 13 are non-severe dengue cases, and nine are considered severe.

It is important to remember that the off-season increase in dengue cases is a concerning reality in Oaxaca, where in 2023 there were 11 deaths and 1,500 cases of this disease.

The head of the Health Secretariat, Alma Lilia Velasco, expressed her concern about this atypical outbreak of dengue in spring. A prevention campaign has been intensified, urging the public to keep public spaces and homes clean to prevent the proliferation of the transmitting mosquito.

Velasco has highlighted that climate change has contributed to the vector mosquito mutating and becoming more resistant to both temperature variations and insecticides. This resistance has led to dengue now occurring outside its usual season.

The official emphasized the importance of active societal participation in the fight against dengue, noting that the use of insecticides is only effective against adult mosquitoes, leaving larvae as a latent risk factor.

Source: Infobae