Unusual Dengue Surge in Puerto Rico: Health Officials Express Concern as Infections Continue to Rise

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

Dengue infections have been a frequent occurrence in Puerto Rico, typically occurring during the rainy season in summer. However, this year has seen an unusual increase in cases outside of the usual timeframe. Since the beginning of the year, there have been 549 recorded cases on the island, and a concerning 62% of those infected have required hospitalization.

Dr. Iris Cardona, the chief medical officer at the Puerto Rico Department of Health, is expressing worry about these numbers and their impact on the island’s health system. If they continue to rise, she fears it could put a strain on medical facilities and resources. In response to this concern, authorities have been proactive in carrying out various spraying operations to help reduce the mosquito population and mitigate the spread of the disease.

The peak season for dengue cases traditionally occurs between August and December, but this year has seen an unexpected increase in cases throughout the year. The rapid spread of dengue has caused alarm among health officials who fear that if not addressed promptly, it could lead to a serious public health crisis on the island. Despite their efforts to control it, dengue continues to be a major concern for residents of Puerto Rico as they approach peak season once again.

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