There are few preventable mosquito-borne ailments within the metropolis of Laredo

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Updated Monday, November 9, 2020 at 10:17 a.m. CST

  • You can use these prevention tips to fight off mosquitos this season

    You can use these prevention tips to defend yourself against mosquitoes this season

You can use these prevention tips to fight off mosquitos this season

You can use these prevention tips to defend yourself against mosquitoes this season

There are few preventable mosquito-borne diseases in the city of Laredo

The novel coronavirus and influenza are not the only viruses currently affecting the border area. Dengue fever and other mosquito-borne diseases have increased in Nuevo Laredo, other parts of Mexico, and the United States.

This year, four cases of dengue were reported in Laredo, but all of these are attributed to people who contracted the virus from visiting Nuevo Laredo.

“Although we see mosquitoes in Laredo year round and are more common from March to October, we have not seen any significant cases of mosquito-borne disease in Laredo,” said Richard A. Chamberlain, Laredo City Health Director. “The four cases have been linked to weekly weekend trips to Nuevo Laredo. Our dengue incidence is very low compared to Nuevo Laredo. “

Chamberlain said the last confirmed dengue case that came from Laredo was in 2007.

In the past three years, two cases of Zika were recorded in the city in 2018 and 2019 as the only mosquito-borne diseases.

No cases of mosquito-borne viruses such as Chikununya or West Nile Virus have been detected in Laredo for the past three years, including 2020, Chamberlain said.

However, the health director notes that the low number of cases does not necessarily mean that there are no cases in the city or the surrounding areas, but that the infections have not peaked or that the people who may have contracted the one The virus wasn’t sick enough to see a doctor.

Dengue symptoms can be confused with symptoms related to COVID-19 and the flu. However, there are some key differences between the symptoms that can help alert people to what infection they may be facing.

“Mild symptoms of dengue can be confused with other illnesses that cause fever, pain or rash,” said the health director. “The most common symptom of dengue is fever with any of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, rash, pain, eye pain, typically behind the eyes, muscle, joint, or bone pain.”

And people with COVID-19 can experience the symptoms much more intensely and for longer compared to people with dengue fever. Dengue symptoms usually last two to seven days, and most people will recover in about a week, Chamberlain said. While COVID-19 symptoms can vary from no symptoms to severe fever, difficulty breathing, sore throat, etc.

“COVID-19 appears to cause more serious illnesses in some people,” said the health director. “Other signs and symptoms of COVID-19 that are different from flu and mosquito-borne diseases may include a change or loss of taste or smell.”

The health department is helping reduce mosquito population by spraying mosquito adulticide, releasing minnows, and using mosquito larvicide to prevent mosquito larvae from developing in the early hours of the morning.

These safety measures will help keep the mosquito population at bay and rule out the possibility of a major mosquito outbreak in the city and surrounding areas.

The public can also help prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases by using repellants, getting rid of stagnant water, picking up trash, and keeping their garden trimmed.

Chamberlain pointed out that mosquito-borne diseases are preventable if people follow safety guidelines from the local health department. Hence, people should follow these steps as this virus is much more preventable unlike COVID-19.

jorge.vela@lmtonline.com

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