Paraguay: Chikungunya cases decrease, but dengue fever is on the rise


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The epidemiological scenario of arboviral diseases in Paraguay reflects the consolidation of a gradual decline in chikungunya, after eight consecutive weeks with fewer reported cases in the 11th epidemic week, which was the last peak so far in 2023, with 6,721 confirmed.

In the past three weeks, 2,970 cases of chikungunya have been registered nationwide. With half of the cases concentrated in Central (662), Asuncion (635) and Alto Paraná (198).

Regarding the Central Province, the provinces of Luque (92), San Lorenzo (89), Lambare (72), Fernando de la Mora (67) and Itogua (64) account for the highest number of cases. While in Asuncion, the most affected neighborhoods are Sajonia (57) and Obrero (42).

On the other hand, a gradual increase in the number of dengue cases has been identified. So far this year, there have been a backlog of 3,928 cases of the disease nationwide. The highest percentage of infected people (54%) is located in Central, Boqueron and Asuncion.

According to the updated report, 800 cases of dengue fever were identified in the past three weeks, compared to 716 cases reported in the previous week, during the last three weeks of the mentioned period. 58% of cases detected in the center were identified in Limpio, Mariano Roque Alonso and San Lorenzo.

The serotypes circulating in the national territory are DEN-1 and DEN-2. There is a combined circulation of both serotypes in 75 provinces of the country, in the provinces of Central, Boqueron, Asuncion, Alto Paraguay, Cordillera, Concepción, San Pedro, Nimpoche, Canendeche, Caguaz, Itapua, Nembuque, Guerra, Paraguarí Hayes.

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According to the latest report, out of 172 people who were hospitalized with suspected arbovirosis, 19 were found to have dengue fever and 52 to have chikungunya. Of those who were hospitalized, 56 corresponded to new admissions.

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The Ministry of Public Health and Social Care urges citizens to strengthen measures to eliminate the breeding sites of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the vector that transmits viral diseases.

It must be remembered that sustained and uninterrupted removal of mosquito breeding sites in homes and communities is essential to reduce the spread of the mosquitoes that cause chikungunya, dengue and Zika.

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