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Dengue infections increased by 237% in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Dengue infections increased by 237% in Latin America and the Caribbean

Dengue Fever Cases Spike in Latin America and Caribbean Countries

According to the Pan American Health Organization (OPS), there have been a staggering 4.4 million cases of dengue fever reported in Latin American and Caribbean countries in the first 15 weeks of the year. This number is a significant 237% higher than the same period last year, indicating a concerning increase in dengue fever infections.

The epidemic is primarily driven by the high number of cases in Brazil, which has already surpassed 3.1 million cases, making up 67.4% of the infections in the region. Other countries such as Paraguay, Argentina, and Peru have also seen significant impacts, with each country reporting less than 200 thousand cases.

Paraguay stands out as the country with the highest incidence rate, with 2,540 diagnoses per thousand inhabitants. Brazil follows with a rate of 1,816 cases per thousand inhabitants. In terms of deaths, Brazil leads the ranking with 1,292 deaths in 2024. However, when considering mortality rates in proportion to the general population, Brazil ranks ninth behind countries like Paraguay, Guatemala, and Peru.

The rise in dengue fever cases is alarming and calls for increased efforts in prevention and control measures to curb the spread of the disease in the region. Stay updated on the latest developments by reading the full article on ANSA.it.

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