Puerto Rico Experiences Public Health Crisis with Surge in Dengue Cases

Dengue Crisis in Puerto Rico: A Growing Public Health Concern in the Americas”.

This year has seen an unprecedented surge in cases of dengue, a mosquito-borne illness that has become a major public health concern throughout the Americas. In Puerto Rico, health officials have identified 549 cases of dengue across the US territory of 3.2 million people, with almost half the cases concentrated in the capital of San Juan. Known as “breakbone fever,” dengue can cause headaches, soreness, fever, and rashes—and, in extreme cases, death.

In response to this growing threat, Puerto Rico has declared a public health emergency over dengue. While this emergency declaration does not immediately impact travel to or from Puerto Rico, it will make it easier for the health department to access funding for detection and prevention efforts. There have been major outbreaks of dengue this year across large swathes of the Americas, including Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, and Peru. Last year, parts of Florida were put under a mosquito-borne illness alert due to dengue.

Health Secretary Carlos Mellado issued a statement about the emergency declaration, saying that cases of dengue have surpassed historical records this year. He emphasized the importance of taking action to prevent the spread of the disease and protect public health. Mellado also urged travelers to take precautions when visiting areas where dengue is known to be prevalent, such as wearing long sleeves and pants and using insect repellent.


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