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Dengue Fever: A Growing Health Concern in Puerto Rico and Beyond

BySamantha Johnson

Mar 26, 2024
Puerto Rico Experiences Public Health Crisis with Surge in Dengue Cases

Dengue, a mosquito-borne illness that has surged throughout the Americas this year, has prompted Puerto Rico to declare a public health emergency. Health officials in Puerto Rico have identified 549 cases of dengue across the U.S. 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.

This year, cases of dengue have surpassed historical records, according to Health Secretary Carlos Mellado who made the announcement in a statement. The emergency declaration will make it easier for the health department to access funding for detection and prevention. Although there is no immediate impact on travel to or from Puerto Rico, a popular holiday destination, the declaration serves as a reminder of the importance of taking precautions against mosquito-borne illnesses.

Major outbreaks of dengue have been reported 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. It is important for travelers to take necessary precautions such as using insect repellent and sleeping under mosquito nets when visiting these areas to prevent any potential exposure to the virus.

By Samantha Johnson

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