MEXICO .- The head of the Ministry of Health of Mexico, Juan Mercedes, confirmed Thursday two indigenous cases of the Zika virus in this country, in the states of Chiapas and Nuevo Leon.
In the XII National Meeting of Ordinary National Health Council, held in Merida, Yucatan, the official said the two cases occurred in Mexico and were not imported as in the first case registered in Queretaro, which came after the trip of a citizen to Colombia.
Mercedes Juan urged the secretaries of the 32 Mexican states "to strengthen basic sanitation measures to combat the mosquito Aedes aegypti."
Zika virus is transmitted by the same mosquito that spreads the dengue virus and chikungunya.
The official stressed that earmarked 1,000 million pesos (about 60.3 US dollars), "for preventive action," but warned that "the most important is the participation of the community to eliminate breeding sites" that are avoided by not have, on patios and rooftops household containers that can collect water, such as tires, bottles, vases and containers.
Moreover, he explained the progress in health has been achieved in these three years, among which he highlighted the reduction of maternal mortality and increased immunization coverage to 97.8% in children aged one year against measles, mumps and rubella.
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