Dengue fever on rise in Latin America

Alert triggered as 2 million cases recorded

The aedes aegypti mosquito which spreads dengueThanks to Peter for a link to a report that the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has activated an epidemiological alert in Latin America after the region reported more than two million cases of dengue this year, the highest since the 2016 outbreak. 

“(the alert) is a tool used by the organization to notify member states of this region of the Americas of any disease that poses a threat to public health,” said Dr. Miguel Aragón, PAHO’s communicable diseases consultant.

723 deaths due to dengue

In the last August update, PAHO counted 2,029,342 cases of the disease in Latin America and the Caribbean, of which 723 resulted in the death of patients. Dengue fever famously made a brief appearance in Madeira in 2012.

Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras or Nicaragua are some of the countries most affected by the spread of the Dengue virus, transmitted by the mosquito ‘aedes aegypti’, which also transmits the Zica and Chikungunya diseases.

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