By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

In 2019, the countries in the Americas–South, Central and North America–saw the largest recorded number of cases in the history of dengue in the Americas.

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A total of 3,139,335 cases of dengue were reported (321.58 cases per 100,000 population), including 1,538 deaths, more than the number of cases reported in the 2015-2016 epidemic period by 30 percent.

In 2019, 34 countries and territories of the Region of the Americas reported an increase in cases at the national level or in some areas of the country compared to 2018. Countries such as Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico, and Nicaragua reported three times more cases than the previous year. Other countries and territories, such as Antigua and Barbuda, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, and Martinique, reported seven to ten times more dengue cases.

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