The Ministry of Health confirmed four native cases of Dengue in Easter Island, that is why the sanitary alarm was decreed.
Firstly, the four cases were investigated for being suspicious of Zika virus, but, the tests have finally concluded that it was Dengue. Both illness are passed on by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito.
For the above reasons, Jaime Burrows, substitute minister, confirmed the sanitary alert at Easter Island, to mobilize resources of the Health Ministry and to have a better control of the vector.
The detection of these four cases of dengue occured when the most of the countries from Latin America are facing the spreading of the Zika virus.