Dengue fever outbreak in Argentina leads to shortage of a must-have item : Mosquito repellent

Dengue fever outbreak in Argentina leads to shortage of a must-have item : Mosquito repellent

Dengue fever outbreak in Argentina leads to shortage of a must-have item : Mosquito repellent : As public outrage mounted from nuisance to national news the govt – busy battling sky-high inflation and near- daily protests – was forced to intervene. One Thursday, authorities lifted import restrictions on foreign – made mosquito repellents to boost supply and announced they would ramp up production at local labs. Shelves have gone empty as residents hunt in vain and resort to DIY alternatives.

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The country’s latest crisis : There isn’t enough mosquito repellent. as the South American country contends with its worst outbreak of dengue fever in recent memory, bug spray has become this season’s hot ticket item. So hot that it’s sold out in virtually all Buenos Aires stores and going for exorbitant prices online in some cases as much as 10 times the retail value.

We’ve been to at least 30 pharmacies all over the city and there is nothing left,” Ana Infante said as she swatted mosquitoes away from her two small daughters their arms visibly pocked with red bumps. Infante, 42, Joined the frenzied race for repellent when her co-worker atĀ  an empanada shop fell seriously ill with dengue last week.

Rampant hoarding and surging prices have stoked desperation. In one widely shared video from a market in the town of El Talar outside the capital Thursday, shoppers are seen descending on an employee opening new boxes of bug spray snatching up stock before he could place a single bottle on a shelf.

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I feel helpless, because I know I can’t do anything” said Marta Velarde, a 65 Year old shop owner in Buenos Aires , recalling how a distraught customer recently threatened to punch her in the face when she broke the news she had no repellent left You have no explanation and people are very aggressive.

We spoke with producers who told us that they have changed their capacity to produce they are doing it at their maximum capacity Health Minister Mario Russo told the local Telefe channel Thursday in his first TV appearance since the dengue outbreak. When asked how Argentines should protest themselves in the meantime, he offered a warning that was instantly mocked on social media.

 

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