More than three million dengue cases in the Americas in 2019

Washington - More than three million people suffered from dengue fever in the Americas in 2019, the year with most cases in the region's history, the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) reported.

According to PAHO's latest epidemiological update, those numbers exceeded 2.4 million patients in 2015, when the previous worst epidemic in regional history broke out.

'Despite the increase in the number of cases in 2019, hard work in the countries succeeded in keeping the mortality rate (percentage of cases that ended in death) under the expected 1%, said the director of the Transmissible Diseases and Environmental Health Determinants Department at PAHO, Marcos Espinal.

Of the total number of patients in the region, Brazil already had 2,241,974, and more than half of the deaths reported in that country, according to a communiqué to which Prensa Latina had access.

Mexico reported 268,458 cases, while Nicaragua reported 186,173 infected people, while Colombia and Honduras have had 127,553 and 112,708 dengue patients, respectively.

So far this year, more than 125,000 cases have been reported in the Americas, according to PAHO, which called on families, communities and authorities at all government levels to continue with the actions to reduce the reproduction of mosquitos.

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