Dengue Cases on the Rise in Puerto Rico with 62% of Those Infected Requiring Hospitalization

Puerto Rico Declares Public Health Crisis Due to Spike in Dengue Cases

Dengue cases are on the rise in Puerto Rico, with a concerning 62% of those infected requiring hospitalization. This is an unusual increase outside of the usual peak season, which is typically during the rainy season in summer. Since the beginning of the year, there have been 549 recorded cases on the island.

Dr. Iris Cardona, the chief medical officer at the Puerto Rico Department of Health, expressed concern about the rising numbers and their impact on the island’s health system. She warned that if these numbers continue to rise, it could put a strain on healthcare resources and services.

To mitigate the spread of dengue, authorities have been proactive in carrying out various spraying operations to reduce the mosquito population. These efforts aim to prevent further outbreaks and protect public health on the island. Despite these efforts, however, dengue remains a significant public health concern in Puerto Rico.

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