By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Public Health Institute of Chile reported a confirmed case of dengue serotype DEN-2 on Easter Island, the first of its kind in the island territory.

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The patient, a 55-year-old man, resident in Rapa Nui, acquired the virus while traveling in Tahiti.

The patient was treated at the Hanga Roa Hospital. Once the diagnosis was known, the control activities that included epidemiological interview in the field and application of vector control measures in all the homes located in the risk area were initiated.

In May of this year, Health Alert was declared on Easter Island for confirmed cases of the disease. To date, 34 cases of dengue serotype 1 have been reported on the island.

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