By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Paraguay Minister of Public Health, Dr. Julio Mazzoleni, said that dengue notifications have decreased and urged to continue with preventive measures, mainly in health regions where reports of suspicious cases are reported.

Through Feb. 22, health officials reported 137,423 total cases, up from 106,127 total dengue fever cases the week prior. 85 percent of the total cases are reported from Central Department (86,828) and Asunción (30,383). 11,311 cases of Dengue have been confirmed in the 19 health regions.

During the first eight weeks of 2019, Paraguay reported 208 total dengue case.

DEN 4 predominates, in 97% of cases.

The death toll has risen to 34.

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Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection causing a severe flu-like illness and, sometimes causing a potentially lethal complication called severe dengue. Approximately, half of the world’s population is at risk and it affects infants, young children and adults. The incidence of dengue has increased 30-fold over the last 50 years. Up to 50-100 million infections are now estimated to occur annually in over 100 endemic countries, putting almost half of the world’s population at risk.