By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
In 2019, a regional epidemic cycle of dengue has broken out in Latin American and the Caribbean. In the Americas region, some 2.4 million dengue cases have been reported, including more than 900 deaths.
Health officials in Mexico have reported 11,593 confirmed cases of dengue, including 798 cases of severe dengue (PAHO states that the total number is 39,700). However, the total number of probable cases is expected to be much higher by the end of 2019.
Five Mexican provinces account for seven out of 10 cases– Chiapas, Jalisco, Veracruz, Oaxaca, and Quintana Roo through the end of August. Veracruz has seen the most cases with 3,234 confirmed cases of dengue, including 82 cases of severe dengue, and 2 confirmed deaths.
Given that the rainy season is expected to continue until October, this number could continue to increase. The Government of Mexico predicts there will be 74,200 probable cases of dengue by the end of 2019. In 2018 there were roughly 25,000.
Vulnerable populations include those in poverty, who account for 58% of the state’s population, and just over 17% in extreme poverty. Children under 14 are also highly susceptible to the current outbreak; they account for almost a quarter of the population in Veracruz.
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