Dengue kills in Latin America not the coronavirus

In Asia, at this time the coronavirus continues to spread, especially in provinces of China. In the Americas, only the United States and Canada have confirmed cases, while Latin America has only suspected cases. But this region of the American continent has its own burden; dengue fever.

Dengue fumigation in Mexico. Image: Pixabay
Dengue fumigation in Mexico. Image: Pixabay

Today, this disease, which is transmitted through the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, has reached its historical peak and is so far considered to be the mosquito-borne viral disease that is spreading most rapidly throughout the world.

Cases of dengue fever in Latin America and the Caribbean between 2019 and 2020 reached 3,95,821 and 1,530 deaths occurred. The death rate of the disease, according to the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), was 0.049 percent.

These figures surpass the cases of dengue fever that occurred in 1980, when the entire continent had 65,523 cases. Pan American Health Organization director Marcos Espinal said the region is going through a new dengue epidemic period with a notable increase in cases.

The cases of dengue and deaths from it in Latin America are:

Brazil 2 million 201,115 cases with 782 deaths.

Mexico with 268,458 cases and 191 deaths

Nicaragua with 186,173 cases and 30 deaths

Colombia with 127,553 cases with 87 deaths

Illustrative dengue photo: Pixabay
Illustrative dengue photo: Pixabay

The other cases are concentrated in:

Honduras

Guatemala

El Salvador

Dominican Republic

Peru

Bolivia

Venezuela

Paraguay

Costa Rica

Panama

Ecuador

Belize

Cuba

Argentina

Puerto Rico

Chile

Uruguay

What is dengue fever

Dengue fever is a viral infection transmitted by the bite of infected female Aedes mosquitoes. There are four dengue virus serotypes (DEN 1, DEN 2, DEN 3 and DEN 4). Dengue fever occurs in tropical and subtropical climates throughout the world, particularly in urban and semi-urban areas. Symptoms appear 3-14 days (average 4-7 days) after the infective bite. Dengue fever is a flu-like illness that affects infants, young children, and adults.

Symptoms are high fever (40Cº) accompanied by two of the following: very intense headache, pain behind the eyeballs, muscle and joint aches, nausea, vomiting, enlarged lymph nodes or rash.

By Mexicanist Source Debate