Emergencies preparedness, response

2002 - Dengue/dengue haemorrhagic fever in El Salvador

21 June 2002

Disease Outbreak Reported

WHO has reported an increase in endemic dengue disease in the country.  As of 15 June, 1200 cases of dengue and 101 cases of dengue haemorrhagic fever have been laboratory confirmed.  Children between the ages of 5 and 9 years are most affected.  Dengue virus serotype 1 has been detected in this outbreak. The President of El Salvador has declared a state of emergency in the departments of San Salvador, Libertad, Santa Ana, and Cabañas and an alert in the rest of the country.

The government has established a Command Post incorporating ministries of  health, education, government, national police and representatives of municipalities.  Control activities include day and night spraying of larva breeding sites and increased dissemination of public health information and education. Mexico has offered support for these measures.

For more details on the outbreak, visit the web site of the WHO Regional Office for the Americas.