By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
Chile health officials have confirmed three confirmed cases of autochthonous dengue fever reported on Easter Island. The three cases were females with ages ranging from 27 to 49 years. None had a travel history.
For the first time in 2020, cases were identified as serotype 2 (DENV 2). Since 2009, no other serotypes besides DENV 1 have been identified in autochthonous cases until the beginning of 2020.
Dengue is a disease caused by a virus spread through mosquito bites. The disease can take up to 2 weeks to develop with illness generally lasting less than a week.
Health effects from dengue include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, rash, muscle and joint pain, and minor bleeding.
Dengue can become severe within a few hours. Severe dengue is a medical emergency, usually requiring hospitalization.
In severe cases, health effects can include hemorrhage (uncontrolled bleeding), shock (seriously low blood pressure), organ failure, and death.
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