Residents of 20 municipalities close to the road that links La Paz with Cochabamba and Santa Cruz are the most affected by dengue. They consider that the vector is incubated in the river and tributaries near this route which is the backbone of Bolivian road transport..
The information was provided yesterday by the head of the unit of epidemiology of the Ministry of Health, José Zambrana, who pointed out that the results of a geo-referenced study of the disease revealed that the greatest number of cases is located in 20 municipalities and localities close to the main road (see graphic above). In 2010 the cases were scattered.
“This is probably because there is a river in the sector (Chapare) that goes to Cochabamba and Santa Cruz, and by its tributaries reaches La Paz, where the incubation of vectors take place”, explained Zambrana to this newspaper.
Dengue fever is an infectious disease caused by a virus transmitted by the mosquito Aedes aegypti. Among the most common symptoms are: high fever, headache, spots on the skin, muscle and joint pains.
In the latest epidemiological period, i.e. from October 4 to date, there were 342 confirmed cases of dengue fever.
So, please be careful when traveling along that road.