May 26, 2020

Dengue kills more children in Nicaragua, 8 of last 10 victims are minors

Dengue virus has its main fatalities in children in Nicaragua, since 8 of its last 10 victims in recent weeks are minors, according to data updated Wednesday by the local government.

The most recent victim of dengue was a 4-year-old girl, who lived in the municipality of Diriomo, in the Pacific zone of Nicaragua, said Vice President and First Lady Rosario Murillo, through government media.

The girl was the fourth consecutive minor victim of dengue, and the eighth of the last 10 recorded since August 25, according to official data.

The ages of children killed due to dengue in the last 11 weeks range from 4 to 13 years, according to reports from the Nicaraguan Government.

With the girl reported this afternoon, the number of deaths from dengue in Nicaragua rose to 27, based on data issued by Murillo.

Nicaragua is the country with the highest incidence of dengue in America, according to the latest epidemiological report of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), issued last September.

According to PAHO statistics, Nicaragua presents 1,504 cases of dengue per 100,000 inhabitants.

The incidence of Nicaragua exceeds 939 cases per 10,000 inhabitants registered in Brazil; the 778 cases per 100,000 inhabitants of Honduras; the 387 cases per 100,000 inhabitants of Belize; and the 258 cases per 100,000 inhabitants of El Salvador, reported by PAHO.

The regional body also reported that a total of 4,543 people were infected with dengue in Nicaragua between January and mid-September, which represented an increase of 380 percent over the same period of 2018.

Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala have already decreed epidemiological alerts in their territories.

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