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In a follow-up on the record dengue fever situation in Peru, the Ministerio de Salud reports an additional 15,000 dengue fever cases in the past week.

This brings the total cases to 130,826 through June 3 this year. During the same period last year, officials reported 41,824, a nearly 213 percent increase.

An additional 35 dengue fatalities were reported, bringing the total to 201, with 141 confirmed.

The department of Piura has reported the most cases with 38,834, followed by Lima (16093), Lambayeque (13664), Ica (11695) and La Libertad (8578). These account for 67.9 percent of the cases year to date.

Dengue is a disease caused by a virus spread through mosquito bites. The disease can take up to 2 weeks to develop with illness generally lasting less than a week.

Peru: Officials warn that three dengue serotypes currently circulate nationwide

Health effects from dengue include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, rash, muscle and joint pain, and minor bleeding.

Dengue can become severe within a few hours. Severe dengue is a medical emergency, usually requiring hospitalization.

In severe cases, health effects can include hemorrhage (uncontrolled bleeding), shock (seriously low blood pressure), organ failure, and death.

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