The first patient with dengue and COVID-19 reported in Nayarit

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The agency warned that it is necessary to strengthen first-level care in the states in preparation for a co-epidemic Dengue-COVID-19

The Federal Health Secretariat detected a case of dengue and COVID-19 in the same patient in Nayarit, both diseases with mild symptoms, confirmed Hugo López Gatell, Undersecretary for Prevention and Health Promotion.

The agency warned that it is necessary to strengthen first-level care in the states in preparation for a Dengue-COVID-19 co-epidemic.

The challenge for staff is diagnosis because both illnesses are related to fever, headache, and body pain, the federal official added.

The undersecretary of health did not rule out that other similar cases have occurred that were not registered.

And he warned that this can become a risk at the population level since Mexico entered the season of the proliferation of the mosquito that transmits dengue.

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WHAT IS DENGUE?

Dengue is a disease produced by the DENV virus belonging to the Flaviviridae family, genus Falvivirus, made up of four serotypes (Denv-1, Denv-2, Denv-3 or Denv-4 virus) and which are transmitted by mosquito bites. females of the species Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus.

The dengue mosquito is found in 30 of the states of the Mexican Republic (all except the Federal District and Tlaxcala).

Symptoms usually last 2 to 7 days, and are characterized by fever, characteristic headache (behind the eyes), generalized discomfort, joint pain, muscle pain, redness of the skin, nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite, and in severe cases bleeding from the nose or gums, or bruising of the skin.

Source: reporteindigo.com, udgtv.com, mxpolitico.com

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