Uruguay health officials are reporting an increase in the number of dengue fever cases since the first autochthonous, or locally acquired case was reported last month.
Since then, 570 suspected cases and 17 confirmed have been reported in the country, with six out of 10 cases reported from the capital city of Montevideo.
All confirmed cases were positive for dengue virus by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). The serotype circulating is DEN 1.
Health authorities in Uruguay have implemented measures for strengthening integrated vector control, alongside updating clinical management guidelines and emergency risk communications.
An international team of technical experts has been deployed to Uruguay to support the response operations. The team consists of an epidemiologist, entomologist and a risk communication specialist.
The detection of cases of dengue demonstrates that an environment favorable to the proliferation of the Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes is present. Based on experiences from previous similar events, it is expected that additional cases will be reported in Uruguay.