Argentina Dengue Epidemic

On Friday, Health Minister Jorge Lemus said, “We already have an epidemic of Dengue fever,” noting that the mosquito borne virus was now present in Buenos Aires. “The entire City is at risk. The contagion can occur anywhere,” said City Health Minister Ana María Bou Pérez in a interview.

However, it was reported over the weekend that the Health Ministry’s Epidemiology Director, Jorge San Juan, disputed the statements by Lemus and Perez. “There is no such gravity, San Juan noted. San Juan pointed out that current outbreak was no more severe in its development than in previous years.

1,100 cases have been reported nationwide. Dengue generally spikes in four- to six-year cycles, and the last epidemic occurred in 2009 when 27,943 were infected and five people died.Read More

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