Paraguay reports spike in chikungunya in recent weeks

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In the last three assessed epidemiological weeks (EW 51, 52/22 to EW 1/23), 1244 new cases of chikungunya and 9 cases of dengue fever were registered nationwide in Paraguay. “We are concerned about the rise mainly of chikungunya, we also have cases of dengue, but the amount of chikungunya is much higher and concentrated in Asuncion and the central urban areas,” explained Dr. Guillermo Sequeira.

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He also said that cases of infection with these diseases have also been observed in Cordillera, Paraguay, Guaira, Concepción, Paraguay’s Chaco and other departments. “In the rest of the country we also have cases, but in a more dispersed way,” he said.

Similarly, she confirmed the death of a person due to chikungunya, a 73-year-old female, who was admitted to the Welfare Institute. Similarly, 15 other people were reported to be hospitalized due to the disease, including 3 in intensive care.

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He stressed the importance of eliminating mosquito breeding sites to stop the spread of the virus, bearing in mind that Aedes aegypti is the mosquito that transmits dengue, Zika and chikungunya.

In all of 2022, Paraguay reported 2,443 cases of chikungunya, including 1,460 confirmed cases, according to the Pan American Health Organization.

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