Rising Dengue Cases in Puerto Rico: A Public Health Concern during the Unusual Peak Season

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

Dengue infections are a common occurrence in Puerto Rico, with the rainy season in summer being the usual time for cases to peak. Historically, the peak season for dengue cases is between August and December. 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, expressed her worry about the rising numbers of dengue cases. If these numbers continue to rise, it could put a strain on the island’s health system. Authorities have been proactive in carrying out various spraying operations to help reduce the mosquito population and mitigate the spread of the disease. Despite their efforts, however, dengue continues to be a concern for public health officials in Puerto Rico.

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