By NewsDesk   @bactiman63

UN health officials are now reporting nearly 3 million dengue fever cases in the Region of the Americas in 2019.

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According to the latest update, 2,950,824 total cases have been reported, including nearly 27,000 cases of severe dengue and 1342 deaths.

In all of 2018, 561,000 dengue cases and 340 deaths were reported.

Brazil accounts for 72 percent of the total cases in the region with more than 2.1 million cases. This is followed by Mexico (251,445), Nicaragua (175,633), Colombia (114,438) and Honduras (103,444).

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Brazil, Honduras and Mexico have reported the most fatalities with 722, 170 and 135, respectively.

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Dengue fever is a painful, debilitating mosquito-borne disease caused by any one of four closely related dengue viruses. It causes severe flu-like illness and, sometimes causes a potentially lethal complication. The incidence of dengue has increased 30-fold over the last 50 years globally.

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