The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has called for countries in the Caribbean and Latin America to prepare for a timely response to possible outbreaks of the mosquito-borne dengue fever.

Director of the Department of Communicable Diseases and Environmental Determinants of Health Dr. Marcos Espinal, said yesterday in a statement, that Dengue is a viral infection transmitted by mosquitoes that is widespread in the Americas.”

According to PAHO’s latest epidemiological update on dengue, published last week, 560,586 cases of dengue were reported in the Region of the Americas last year, including 3535 severe cases of dengue and 336 deaths.

During the first six weeks of 2019, almost 100,000 cases of dengue were reported, including 632 cases of severe dengue and 28 deaths.

Dengue is endemic in the region and, since its reintroduction in the 1980s, has caused cyclical outbreaks and epidemics every three to five years.

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