Veracruz yields to dengue and transmitting mosquito


Veracruz yields to dengue and the transmitting mosquito. The state, condemned to repeat the number of cases in 2019, as it suspended actions to combat Aedes Aegypti.

Veracruz yields to dengue and the transmitting mosquito. The state, condemned to repeat the number of cases in 2019, as it suspended actions to combat Aedes Aegypti.

In Veracruz, the battle against dengue was recently lost due to the lack of real investment and deep attention from the state government, which, overcome by the Covid-19 pandemic, put aside the task of preventing the proliferation of Aedes Aegypti fly.

Despite the fact that at week 16 of the year the entity adds 687 confirmed cases of dengue Veracruz Health Services (SESVER) suspended various actions, such as the entomological study of larval control, intra-household spraying, and placement and surveillance of ovitrapies.

The responsibility to combat the vector was left solely in the hands of the public, called to take preventive measures against dengue, but exposed to the abandonment of the Health authorities, who never had an accurate strategy to decrease the incidence of dengue, which did not it stopped even in the first two months of the year, still winter season.

The number of dengue cases in Veracruz and mosquitos increases

The number of dengue cases in Veracruz and mosco increases

Veracruz is condemned to repeat the history of 2019, the year in which it finished as the first place in dengue with 10,902 cases. 16 weeks after 2020 began, the state accumulates 112.04 percent more sick than in the same period of 2019.


On February 8, the State Health Council (COESA) held its first extraordinary session, with the presence of Governor Cuitláhuac García. In it, it was announced that from the 10th to the 20th of February, fieldwork for the elimination of the vector would be carried out, with the participation of brigades, citizens, mayors, and health jurisdictions.

However, the state president never announced any investment in the strategy to combat the transmitting mosquito. The last time that the allocation of resources for the issue was reported was on September 20, 2019, the date by which Veracruz was already facing a crisis with 4,850 cases and two deaths from dengue.

At that time, García Jiménez communicated to the press about an expense of 60 million pesos in the acquisition of insecticides with the aim of starting fumigations during the next four months, an investment that was neither seen nor felt, since the entity exceeded the 10 thousand sick.


In 2020, the state government used donations to combat dengue, since, for example, the Alvarado Higher Technological Institute (ITSAV) made the donation of 7,000 ovitrapies to capture between 700 and 1,000 eggs a month.

The Veracruz administration promoted in just over two months the manufacture of 15 thousand devices, at the cost of the work of students from technological institutes and universities of the entity.

The work of agents outside the state government was the support of a failed strategy to combat dengue, which did not stop and threatens to continue subjecting the people of Veracruz, now without attention from the health sector.

Despite a crusade against dengue, Veracruz is first in cases


Dengue is perhaps the main public health problem in the coastal territory, however, it was displaced from the authorities’ media agenda to give priority to the coronavirus health emergency, which is on the rise in the state.

However, the lack of attention to the proliferation of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito represents a threat to the public health system, since the probability that there are cases of dengue with alarm signs will force hospitals to have beds to hospitalize these patients.

The simultaneous care of dengue and coronavirus patients in the coming months could mean a collapse in the public health system, which in itself has already been reduced with just 437 beds to provide medical assistance for serious cases of Covid-19


The Mazatlan Post