Peru’s worst on record could intensify further as an El Niño climate phenomenon brings torrential rains and mosquitoes, driving the death toll this year past 200 with over 130,000 recorded cases, the health ministry said on Thursday.
Dengue fever is an aedes aegypti mosquito-borne tropical disease that can provoke a high fever, headache, vomiting, muscle and joint pain, and sometimes death.
The country’s health authorities have pointed towards the natural climate phenomenal, El Niño, as one of the key drivers of the surge in cases.
El Niño is which fuels tropical cyclones in the Pacific, boosting rainfall and flood risk in the region.
The increase in rainfall brings due to the accumulation of water in the cities.
Peru’s health officials are prohibiting residents from storing still water in open containers, hoping to prevent reproduction.
“Dengue kills,” said Health Minister Rosa Gutiérrez in a Tuesday statement. “Because of that, help me eliminate mosquito breeding sites.”