Bolivian health officials reported that the number of dengue fever cases in 2023 eclipsed the 3,000 mark on February 2.
As of February 4, officials put the cumulative total of the mosquito-borne viral disease at 3,437, including 13 deaths.
Santa Cruz department reports the most cases with 2,554, or 74 percent of the total. This is followed by Beni 518, Tarija 150, La Paz 91, Pando 30, Chuquisaca 72 and Cochabamba 22.
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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