Advisory: Dengue Virus in Santa Cruz, Bolivia

  |   Posted: March 05, 2020   |   Updated: May 27, 2020

Final Update: May 27, 2020

In total, 50 Child Development Centers and 831 beneficiaries were diagnosed with dengue and 29 with chikungunya. Due to legal restrictions on personal health data, specific child information is not available; however, all have recovered except 20 that were recently diagnosed and just began treatment. They are also expected to fully recover.

Thank you for your prayers for the affected beneficiaries.

Update #1: March 6, 2020

The local government is continuing in their fumigation and prevention efforts. So far, 34 Child Development Centers have been affected. Regrettably, the dengue infections have increased in beneficiaries. We now have 517 beneficiaries that have been infected with dengue. The Compassion Bolivia National Office has put some prevention actions into place:

  • If extracurricular activities require travel, the Child Development Centers are to avoid all locations where there are a lot of dengue infections.
  • Tutors are working with the families to clean their homes thoroughly
  • If dengue is suspected, take person to hospital, instead of self-medicating
  • Join government fumigation efforts

Please pray for the protection of church partner staff, beneficiaries, families and Compassion staff in this area.

Disaster Alert: March 4, 2020

Since early December there has been an outbreak of dengue fever in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. It was declared an epidemic on January 8th. A government campaign is in place to eliminate mosquito breeding sites and fumigate high risk areas to help prevent further spread of the disease. Impact details are not available yet; however, we do know over 260 beneficiaries have been identified with the dengue virus. Due to legal restrictions on personal health information, specific child impact information is not available; however, the Child Development Centers and the Compassion Bolivia National Office staff are monitoring the situation and ensuring those beneficiaries with dengue fever receive treatment.

Please pray for the protection of church partners and beneficiaries in the Santa Cruz.