Deaths from dengue fever in Paraguay spike to 16 under strained health system
ASUNCION: Paraguay health officials said on Friday that deaths from dengue fever increased to 16 in the South American country’s worst outbreak of the disease in the last decade, severely straining its health system.
There are also 89 deaths under review to determine if they were caused by dengue. The death toll indicates a sharp increase from the previous week, when the Public Health Ministry registered six deaths from dengue with 50 other deaths under review since the start of the year.
The outbreak led the Senate to call for a 90-day health emergency, which is expected to be endorsed by the Chamber of Deputies on Monday. The government has said the emergency measure is not necessary and that it has adequate resources to cope.
Cases of dengue, a virus transmitted by mosquitoes, typically increase in the summer months between January and March, when mosquito activity is at a peak. Numbers of dengue cases tend to gradually decrease toward the end of March.
Health officials said there were 85,000 cases of dengue fever in Paraguay, up from 57,000 cases last week. – Reuters