Argentina is currently facing its worst dengue epidemic in the last three years, which, in just 7 months and 24 days, has left 7,862 confirmed cases, including seven deaths.
According to the latest data published by the Ministry of Health, which covers until March 25, there are also 353 cases and nine deaths that are still under investigation.
The dengue season started the same as in recent years, however, as of the first week of 2020, cases began to skyrocket compared to the previous two seasons (2017-2018, 2018-2019).
Currently, reported cases of dengue are four times above what they were at this point in 2019 and five times what they were in the same period of 2018.
However, the past three weeks were even more virulent, and 5,024 suspected cases were reported on average per week, twelve times above the figures for the same three weeks last year.
Despite the general bad data, the graphics of the Ministry of Health indicate a decrease in the number of infections in the last week of March, which could be due to the effect of the quarantine imposed in the country from March 20 and the intensified disinfection work carried out on the streets by the coronavirus.
292 AFFECTED LOCATIONS
Most cases of dengue (6,169) occur in people who did not leave their province of residence, which indicates the presence of the mosquito that infects the virus in the provinces in which they live.
A total of 292 localities were affected by the virus according to the Argentine Ministry of Health.
As for the geographical distribution of the virus, the most affected regions are the capital of the country, the province that surrounds it and the northern regions that border other countries such as Misiones, Salta and Chaco.
THE DENGUE VIRUS
Dengue is a virus that is transmitted by the bite of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito and causes a general malaise that can be accompanied by nausea, vomiting or intense tiredness.
Dengue does not have a vaccine, so its prevention involves eliminating containers with water that can act as breeding grounds for mosquitoes as well as taking personal precautions such as using mosquito nets on baby carriages, using skin repellent or wearing clothing. long sleeve.