By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

From the beginning of the year through October 8, WHO officials have reported a total of 2,499,358 cases of dengue in the Americas.

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The highest number of dengue cases in the region have been reported by the following countries: Brazil with 2,182,229 cases (87.3%), Nicaragua with 63,853 cases (2.6%), Peru with 60,869 cases (2.4%), Colombia with 50,688 cases (2.0%), and Mexico with 36,926 cases (1.5%).

Half of the total cases were laboratory confirmed.

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A total of 1,135 deaths were reported in the region (CFR: 0.045%).

At least nine countries in the region reported all four dengue virus serotypes (DENV 1, DENV 2, DENV 3, DENV 4) this year.

Concerning related arboviral diseases, chikungunya and Zika, a total of 250,150 chikungunya cases were reported in 12 of the 52 countries and territories in the Region of the Americas, of which 125,264 were confirmed (50.1 %).

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99 percent of the cases were reported from Brazil (247,537).

75 deaths were reported associated with chikungunya infection.

A total of 31,443 of Zika have been reported in the Region of the Americas in 13 out of 52 countries and territories, including four deaths.

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