The Presidential Commissioner for Health Emergencies and Migrant Health Care, José Manuel Olivares, warned about an outbreak of malaria in Vargas state.
“There have been about 40 cases and so far, no health authority has let itself be made aware of it,” said Olivares in a message posted on Twitter.
“Malaria is a disease that can spread very quickly and today, a week after the first cases, no investigation or containment measures have yet been taken,” the presidential commissioner denounced.
Likewise, he clarified that “Vargas is not a malaria zone, this was (probably) imported from the south of the country. So far no organization is investigating how malaria reached the Vargas Coast and this is essential to be able to contain its expansion.”
The Venezuelan official explained that malaria is a disease generated by a blood parasite and is transmitted by a mosquito. It is not the same mosquito of Dengue fever, but it breeds and grows in still water reservoirs.
“It is NOT enough to fumigate, we must also implement effective measures to avoid new infections and prevent the reproduction of the mosquito,” he concluded.
El paludismo o malaria es una enfermedad que habíamos erradicado en Venezuela. Hoy tenemos cerca de 40 casos en Vargas y hasta ahora, ninguna autoridad sanitaria se ha dado por enterada.
— Jose Manuel Olivares (@joseolivaresm) June 18, 2021