Bolivian President Evo Morales launched Thursday a national campaign against dengue in Trinidad city of the northeastern Beni department.
Morales launched the campaign by spreading chemicals to kill the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the dengue carrier.
The campaign includes fumigating houses and public places.
Before launching the campaign, Morales called on Bolivians to follow recommendations of the health ministry and other specialized institutions to avoid spread of this disease.
“All of us must contribute to combating dengue because it causes calamities and even death,” he said.
Morales said the institutions will lead this campaign but he emphasized citizens’ participation is also important.
This participation is mainly through avoiding garbage and water accumulation that promotes mosquito breeding.
Health minister Nila Heredia said nine new dengue cases were reported and the disease has mainly affected rural areas in the tropical zone of Beni where most of the cases were reported.
According to the health ministry, the number of probable dengue cases surpassed 4,000 already.
The agency noted 1,470 cases were confirmed in 2011 so far.
On January 21, the Bolivian government declared a national emergency due to spread of dengue.