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Dengue is a viral infection that is caused by one of four related viruses: dengue viruses 1, 2, 3, and 4. For this reason, a person can be infected with the dengue virus up to four times during their lifetime.

It is a disease that affects people of all ages, with symptoms ranging from mild to disabling fever, accompanied by severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pain, and erythema.

The disease can progress to severe forms, characterized mainly by shock, respiratory distress, and/or severe organ damage.

Dengue has been reported in Puerto Rico since the early 1960s. It is considered an endemic disease since cases are reported throughout the year.

From January 1 through May 13, Puerto Rico has reported 305 total dengue cases– 245 confirmed and 60  probable.

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The municipality with the highest number of accumulated cases for this period is Bayamón with 58 cases (19.02%) reported, followed by San Juan with 46 cases. (15.08%), Lajas and Quebradillas with 13 cases (4.26%) respectively.