The Paraguay Ministry of Health reported that it’s been 10 weeks since the last confirmed dengue fever case had been recorded in the country.

Image/Ministerio de Salud Twitter screen shot
Image/Ministerio de Salud Twitter screen shot

The last confirmed cases were reported during epidemiological week 29 (July 15 to 21) in Caaguazú.

For the year, Paraguay health officials have seen 3,413 total confirmed cases, including 15 fatalities. The predominate strain reported has been DEN-1 with some DEN-4 also reported.

Concerning other arboviruses, Paraguay have reported 67 total cumulative confirmed cases: Amambay (63), Central (2), Guairá (1), Paraguarí (1). In addition, 4 confirmed and 3 probable Zika cases were reported.

The Ministry of Health reminds the public not to lower their guard regarding these diseases, which take on greater strength in summer because it is a favorable time for the proliferation of Aedes aegypti. The elimination of breeding sites and potential mosquito breeding sites is the best way to prevent Dengue, Zika and Chikungunya.