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The General Directorate of Health Surveillance in Paraguay reports a total of 11,467 cases of chikungunya during the last three epidemiological weeks (EW7-9).

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The largest proportion of cases is concentrated in Central with 51% of the total cases, followed by the capital of Asunción, with 21% and the remaining 27%, distributed among the other departments.

In Central, the districts with the highest proportion of cases are San Lorenzo (17%), Luque (17%), Capiatá (12%), Lambaré (11%) and Fernando de la Mora (9%). In Asunción, for its part, the neighborhoods with the highest number of cases are Obrero, San Pablo, Santísima Trinidad, Sajonia, San Vicente, Vista Alegre among others.

To date there are 43 confirmed deaths.

Among the deceased, 8 are under 1 year old (4 newborns and 4 infants), 7 of them from the Central department and 1 from San Pedro. All were hospitalized and admitted to the intensive care unit.

Thus, 35 deaths over 30 years of age were also registered, of which all presented some type of comorbidity. Arterial hypertension was the predominant cardiovascular disease.

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The population of pregnant women is concentrated in the metropolitan axis, with the Central department (76%) being the most affected department with 226 cases, coming from Capiatá, Luque, San Lorenzo, Mariano Roque Alonso, Ñemby, Itauguá, Villa Elisa and Lambaré.

In Asunción, for the last three epidemiological weeks, 39 cases (13%) were confirmed.

According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), The first autochthonous case of chikungunya in Paraguay was reported in 2015. In 2016, cases were reported mainly in the metropolitan area (Asunción and Central departments), and in 2018 were reported mainly in Amambay department.

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Since EW 40 of 2022 an increasing trend of cases has been observed over the historical threshold. Between EW 52 of 2022 and EW 8 of 2023, a total of 34,659 cases were classified as probable and confirmed.

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