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Peru’s health minister resigns as country reels from worst dengue outbreak in history

BMJ 2023; 381 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.p1431 (Published 21 June 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;381:p1431
  1. Luke Taylor
  1. Bogotá

Peru’s minister for health stepped down last week as authorities struggled to contain the worst outbreak of dengue fever in the country’s history.

The mosquito borne tropical disease has infected at least 137 539 people and killed 223 according to the Pan American Health Organization, giving Peru the highest dengue mortality rate in the Americas.1 The infection tally will likely reach twice the 74 000 infections recorded in 2017—the country’s previous record outbreak.

Eighteen of Peru’s 24 states are under a state of emergency as hospitals in the worst affected regions in the north do not have enough beds for the surge in patient admissions.2 Local authorities in these areas have been fumigating …

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