Paraguay: 98% of confirmed cases of arbovirosis are chikungunya


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The report of the General Directorate of Health Surveillance indicates a total of 11,600 cases of chikungunya and 246 cases of dengue in the past three epidemic weeks in Paraguay.

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The Director General of Health Surveillance, Dr. Guillermo Sequeira, reported this morning that 98% of confirmed cases of the virus correspond to chikungunya and 2% to dengue.

The epicenter is still in Asuncion and Central, where 71% of cases are concentrated, and the rest are spread across the interior of the country (Paraguay, Alto Paraná, Caguazu, Cordillera, Guaira, Amambay, San Pedro and Alto Paraguay, among others departments).

In the middle, the center of cases remains San Lorenzo, which in addition to being a distributor of the disease, is also followed by Nueva Italia and Villetta, considering that the number of cases they have for their population is large, according to Dr. Sequeira’s explanations.

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As for Asuncion, the north (Zepallos Que, Botanico, Loma Pita, Santísima Trinidad) is still alarming. Likewise, cases are concentrated in Barrio Obrero, Roberto L. Petit, Tacumbú, and San Vicente, Saxony. “The joint work of the various institutions is underway, however, notifications and cases of disease cannot be reduced, we must continue to eliminate breeding sites, especially after these rains,” said the head of health control. .

With regard to the deceased, he stated that so far 33 deaths due to chikungunya have been recorded, of which 5 are minors. He said, “The increase in the number of deaths occurs to those who are seventy years of age and over, especially in men, and all of them suffer from some underlying disease.”

In hospitals, on the other hand, a slight decrease was observed. He highlighted, “Out of about 200 hospitalized, today we have 1,644. Of the serious cases, from 40, we have moved to 20.”

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