Paraguay chikungunya outbreak: 90% of cases reported in Asunción
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The latest report from the General Directorate of Health Surveillance indicates that, in the past three weeks, 12,189 cases of chikungunya were reported.
90% of chikungunya cases are still concentrated in the metropolitan area, with San Lorenzo (1461), Capiata (805), Lambare (785), Fernando de la Mora (735) and Loque (712) being the regions with the highest incidence. The number of confirmed cases of the disease.
At the national capital level, the regions of Barrio Obrero (148), Saguña (139), Santisima Trinidad (134), San Vicente (133) and Loma Pita (119) appear as the main regions with confirmed cases of chikungunya.
Of the 215 people hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed chikungunya, 36 remain in the intensive care unit (ICU), of whom 15 are children under 1 year of age. “Almost half of the cases are very young children, one year old or younger. And the other half are people aged 55 and over,” said Dr. Guillermo Sequeira, Director General of Health Surveillance, of the latest figures on hospitalizations for the disease.
Regarding the number of deaths caused by chikungunya, a total of 28 deaths have been recorded. Among them are five children under one year old (one girl and four boys) and 19 people over the age of 60.
The Director General of Health Surveillance says that women who have recently given birth should stay in hospitals for a few more days to check that they do not develop symptoms of chikungunya. He stressed that there are many cases of newborns suffering from this disease. In this sense, the doctors urged that, given the suspicion of a possible picture of the disease, the patient and the newborn stay another 4 to 7 days in the health service to carry out the corresponding studies before returning home.
Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) was confirmed in 2015, with specific outbreaks being recorded in some departments, in recent years.
In 2015 (4297 cases) and 2016 (924 cases) they were concentrated in the metropolitan area (Asunción and Central) and in 2018 (1239 cases) in the province of Amapáy.
From 2015 to 2021, no deaths due to chikungunya were recorded in Paraguay.
Currently, the prevalent genotype is East Central Southern Africa (ECSA), which was identified by
For the first time in 2018, in an outbreak that occurred in Amambay, and was identified again in samples from 2022 in the metropolitan area of Asuncion.
Since EW 40 (October) of 2022, when the current CHIKV epidemic began in Paraguay, a total of 29,362 cases of chikungunya have been reported, with 2,401 requiring hospitalization. 94 cases of neonatal age have been confirmed.