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    Fighting dengue fever in the time of COVID-19
    Source IFRC
    Posted 13 Aug 2020
    Originally published 13 Aug 2020
    By Fernando Gandarillas.

    Paraguay has the third highest incidence of dengue fever in the region. This is the third year in a row where there has been an intense outbreak of the disease. In 2020, the country has had the highest number of cases in its history (over 220,000 cases) and 73 people have died. The cities most affected are Asunci?n, Mariano, Roque Alonzo and Capiat?. The Paraguayan Red Cross has been working since the beginning of the year to support to the emergency in these locations; with the support of the IFRC they implemented dengue response projects reaching 1,280 families. The actions focused on generating educational activities for prevention, hygiene and sanitation, as well as the delivery of protection and hygiene kits. These activities suffered serious complications for their implementation with the appearance of the COVID-19 in the country.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has complicated the dengue work.

    “Due to mobility restrictions and social distancing measures, we were unable to continue with the activities we were carrying out in the communities,” said Magali Paredes, Health Officer for Dengue and COVID-19 of the Paraguayan Red Cross...