Americas: Dengue, Chikungunya and ZIKA

Central and South America – Dengue, Chikungunya and ZIKA

From the beginning of January to October 8, the WHO reports a total of 2,499,358 Dengue– Cases in America. Most dengue cases in the region have been reported from the following countries:

  • Brazil with 2,182,229 cases (87.3%) with 1,135 deaths (CFR: 0.045%)
  • Nicaragua with 63,853 cases (2.6%)
  • Peru with 60,869 cases (2.4%)
  • Colombia with 50,688 cases (2.0%)
  • Mexico with 36,926 cases (1.5%)

At least nine countries have reported all four dengue serotypes (DENV 1, DENV 2, DENV 3, DENV 4) this year.

A total of 250,150 have been diagnosed in 12 of the 52 countries and territories in the Americas for the related arbovirus diseases, chikungunya and ZIKA. Chikungunya-Reported cases of which 125,264 (50.1%) were confirmed. 99 percent of chikungunya cases were reported from Brazil (247,537). 75 deaths related to Chikungunya infection have been reported.

A total of 31,443 Zika infection were reported in 13 of 52 countries in the Americas, including four deaths.

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Dengue

Dengue fever is common in most tropical or subtropical countries around the world Holiday destination. The dengue virus infects nearly 400 million people in more than 120 countries each year. The virus is spread by the Aedes mosquito. Most people survive with little or no symptoms, but more than two million people develop the dangerous dengue hemorrhagic fever every year, killing more than 25,000 people a year.

To avoid infection, travelers should use an insect repellent containing the active ingredient DEET or Icaridin Protection against insect bites.

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>> What: paho.org, 09/11/2022

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