By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
Health authorities in Argentina have reported a record year as far as dengue fever goes. In 2020 to date, more than 70,000 total cases, 41,754 confirmed cases and 24 deaths, surpassing the number seen in 2016 during the same period.
The average notifications for the last two weeks of April and the first of May was “almost 9 times the average of the same three weeks of the 2018/2019 season.”
Dengue cases in the city of Buenos Aires total 7,069 since the beginning of this year, including 132 in the last week. There are five neighborhoods that account for 55 percent of the notifications of the disease: Flores, Barracas, Soldati, Vélez Sarsfield and Villla Lugano.
DEN-1, DEN-2 and DEN-4 are circulating in Argentina.
WHO notes the incidence of dengue has grown dramatically around the world in recent decades. A vast majority of cases are asymptomatic and hence the actual numbers of dengue cases are underreported and many cases are misclassified.
One estimate indicates 390 million dengue infections per year (95% credible interval 284–528 million), of which 96 million (67–136 million) manifest clinically (with any severity of disease). Another study, of the prevalence of dengue, estimates that 3.9 billion people, in 128 countries, are at risk of infection with dengue viruses.