PAHO: Latin America and Caribbean experiencing new dengue epidemic

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    The Pan American Health Organization is calling for the elimination of mosquito breeding sites in the region [Latin America and the Caribbean] which it says is experiencing a new dengue epidemic cycle, mostly affecting children under 15 years.

    PAHO, in its latest epidemiological update, says during the first 7 months of 2019, over two million people contracted the disease and 723 died.

    The number of cases it says exceeds the total reported in 2017 and 2018, although so far, it remains lower than what was recorded in 2015-2016.

    PAHO believes the climate and the mosquito’s capacity to adapt may have caused the situation to increase in complexity.

    As a result, it is also calling for health professionals to be trained in diagnosing and adequately managing patients with dengue, Zika and Chikungunya.

    Some of the countries currently most affected by dengue include Nicaragua, Brazil, Honduras, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela.