In the last three epidemiological weeks evaluated (EW 51, 52/22 to EW 1/23), 1,244 new cases of chikungunya and 9 cases of dengue were recorded nationwide in Paraguay. “We are concerned about the rise mainly of chikungunya, we are also having cases of dengue, but the amount of chikungunya is much higher and they are centralized in the Asunción and Central metropolitan areas,” explained Dr. Guillermo Sequera.
He also said that cases of these diseases are also observed in Cordillera, Paraguarí, Guairá, Concepción, Paraguayan Chaco and other departments. “In the rest of the country we also have cases, but in a more dispersed way,” he said.
Likewise, it confirmed the death of a person due to chikungunya, a 73-year-old female, who was admitted to the Institute of Social Welfare. Likewise, another 15 people who are hospitalized for the disease are reported, of which 3 are in intensive care.
He reiterated the importance of eliminating mosquito breeding sites to stop the spread of the virus, taking into account that the Aedes aegypti is the mosquito that transmits dengue, Zika and chikungunya.
In all of 2022, Paraguay reported 2,443 total chikungunya cases, including 1,460 confirmed cases, according to the Pan American Health Organization.
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