Elimination of hatcheries and cleaning: they are sure keys to counteract cases of infestation

The latest report issued by the Department of Epidemiology, the Ministry of Health (Minsa), reports on the updated cases, to date, with cases of monkeypox, dengue, hantavirus, malaria, leishmaniasis and Chikunguya in the country.

Monkeypox (Monkeypox)

In epidemiological week No. 26 (corresponding to Sunday, June 25, to Saturday, July 1), no new cases of monkeypox have been confirmed, with which the accumulated confirmed cases as of July 1 remain at 237; of which 89 cases were during the year 2022 and 148 cases, so far in 2023 (146 men and 2 women).

There are no active cases or in home isolation, or hospitalized, 1 death remains and 236 people completed their isolation, without major setbacks. As of June 27, 1,775 doses against monkeypox have been placed (1,275 first dose and 500 second dose).


The report highlights that there are 2 thousand 483 confirmed cases of dengue throughout the country. The regions with the most positive cases are: Bocas del Toro with 591 cases; Columbus with 519 cases; Panama Metro with 423 cases; West Panama with 232 cases, North Panama with 227 cases and San Miguelito with 170 cases.

The Ministry of Health (MINSA) reiterates the importance of keeping homes and work environment clean, checking door screens, windows, and looking under sinks, as these are places where there may be breeding sites for the transmitting mosquito.

• Hantavirus

Hantavirus cases are confirmed in 23 accumulated cases in all the country; of which with hantavirus cardiopulmonary syndrome, thirteen (13) cases are confirmed.

In total, so far in 2023, 23 cases have been confirmed, (22 are alive and 1 death) registered in the province of Herrera and with hantavirus fever there are ten (10) cases.

These 23 confirmed cases, fourteen (14) cases have been verified in the provinces of Los Santos; Herrera with six (6) cases and Coclé with three (3 cases).

The Minsa emphasizes that people keep their home and their environment clean, also collected grains (such as rice and corn), store and seal them to prevent the rodent from having contact and leaving their feces and urine in the surroundings.

• Malaria

They have been confirmed, during epidemiological week No. 26, 55 new cases of malaria (36 in Guna Yala; 7 in Darién and 7 in the Ngäbe Buglé region, 3 in East Panama, 2 in West Panama).

With an accumulated, so far in 2023, of 5 thousand 564 cases.

The Minsa continues to reinforce the strategies to mitigate the cases of malaria in the country, the promotion and prevention strategies in these areas, distributing mosquito nets with chemicals and also, reinforcing the operational capacity and the supply of medicines against this disease throughout the country.

• Leishmaniasis, Chikunguya and Zika

Around the cases of Leishmaniasis, during epidemiological week No. 26, confirmed 30 active casesof which 8 are from Bocas del Toro, 4 are from Coclé, 4 North Panama, 3 Veraguas, 3 in the Ngäbe Buglé region, 2 Panama Metro, 2 with Panama West, 1 in Colón, 1 case in Darién and 1 case in East Panama.

So far in 2023, there have been 906 confirmed cases.

Seven (7) cases of Chikungunya remain, distributed in the sectors of North Panama in Alcalde Díaz; San Miguelito, in the José Domingo Espinar sector; in West Panama, Burunga sector and in the metropolitan region, in El Chorrillo.

Still without registering, no cases of Zika, so far in 2023.

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