The number of dengue fever cases and fatalities dropped in Mexico in 2016, according to epidemiological data from the health ministry. The number of confirmed dengue fever and dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) cases were down 33.26 percent (17,795) compared to 26,665 total confirmed cases in 2015.
In addition, the number of dengue-related fatalities were down 19 percent with 34 deaths reported in 2016 and 42 in 2015. In 2016, 199 deaths have been reported as probable dengue, of which 34 have been confirmed, 43 are under study and 122 have been discarded.
Of the confirmed cases, more than half (53%) were reported from five states–Guerrero (2319), Veracruz (2224), Jalisco (2000), Nuevo León (1438) and Michoacán (1393).
The number of probable dengue cases were down significantly compared to 2015. 130,069 probable cases were reported last year, while 219,593 were reported in 2015.
All four dengue serotypes were identified as circulating in Mexico in 2016.
Concerning two other mosquito borne viral infections, chikungunya and Zika, Mexico has reported 757 confirmed chikungunya cases through Dec. 24, 2016 and 7,475 confirmed Zika virus cases since the first autochthonous case was reported in Nov. 2015.
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