Paraguay: Progressive increase in chikungunya cases persists


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The Directorate General of Sanitary Surveillance of Paraguay reported a total of 11,467 cases of chikungunya during the last three epidemic weeks (EW7-9).

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The largest percentage of cases is concentrated in the center with 51% of the total cases, followed by the capital, Asuncion, with 21%, and the remaining 27% distributed to other departments.

In the centre, the provinces with the highest percentage of cases are San Lorenzo (17%), Luc (17%), Capiata (12%), Lambare (11%) and Fernando de la Mora (9%). In Asuncion, for its part, the neighborhoods with the highest number of cases are Obrero, San Pablo, Santisima Trinidad, Saguña, San Vicente, Vista Alegre and others.

To date there are 43 confirmed deaths.

Of the deceased, there are 8 children under one year of age (4 newborns and 4 infants), 7 of whom are from the central district and 1 from San Pedro. They were all hospitalized and taken to the intensive care unit.

Thus, 35 deaths over the age of 30 years were also recorded, all of which presented some type of comorbidity. Arterial hypertension was the predominant cardiovascular disease.

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The number of pregnant women is concentrated in the metropolitan hub, with the Central Province (76%) the most affected department with 226 cases, coming from Capiata, Luque, San Lorenzo, Mariano Roque Alonso, Nembe, Itogua, Villa Elisa and Lambare. .

In Asuncion, 39 cases (13%) were confirmed during the last three epidemic weeks.

According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the first purebred case of chikungunya was reported in Paraguay in 2015. In 2016, cases were reported mainly in the metropolitan area (Asunción and central departments), and in 2018 it was reported mainly in Amambay department.

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