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The epidemiological scenario of arboviral diseases in Paraguay reflects the consolidation of the gradual decline in chikungunya, after eight consecutive weeks with fewer cases than reported in Epidemiological Week 11, which was the last peak so far in 2023, with 6,721 confirmed .

In the last three weeks, 2,970 cases of chikungunya have been registered at the country level. With half of the cases concentrated in Central (662), Asunción (635) and Alto Paraná (198).

Regarding the Central department, the districts of Luque (92), San Lorenzo (89), Lambaré (72), Fernando de la Mora (67) and Itauguá (64) present the highest number of cases. While, in Asunción, the neighborhoods with the most cases are Sajonia (57) and Obrero (42).

On the other hand, a gradual increase in the number of dengue cases is identified. So far this year, there have been 3,928 accumulated cases of the disease nationwide. The highest proportion of those affected (54%) is located in Central, Boquerón and Asunción.

According to the updated report, 800 cases of dengue were identified in the last three weeks, compared to the 716 cases reported the previous week, for the last three weeks of said period. 58% of the cases detected in Central were identified in Limpio, Mariano Roque Alonso and San Lorenzo.

The circulating serotypes in the national territory are DEN-1 and DEN-2. There is co-circulation of both serotypes in 75 districts of the country, in the departments of Central, Boquerón, Asunción, Alto Paraguay, Cordillera, Concepción, San Pedro, Ñeembucú, Canindeyú, Caaguazú, Itapúa, Ñeembucú, Guaira, Paraguarí and Presidente Hayes.

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According to the latest report, of the 172 hospitalized for suspected arbovirosis, 19 tested positive for dengue and 52 for chikungunya. Among those hospitalized, 56 correspond to new admissions.

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The Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare urges citizens to reinforce measures to eliminate breeding sites for the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the vector that transmits arboviral diseases.

It should be remembered that the continuous and uninterrupted elimination of mosquito breeding sites in homes and communities is necessary to reduce the proliferation of mosquitoes that cause chikungunya, dengue and Zika.