Puerto Rico Declares Public Health Emergency over Dengue Surge

By Eleanor Harrison Mar26,2024
Puerto Rico Experiences Public Health Crisis with Surge in Dengue Cases

Puerto Rico has declared a public health emergency over dengue, a mosquito-borne illness that has surged throughout the Americas this year. 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. This year, cases of dengue have surpassed historical records, according to Health Secretary Carlos Mellado.

Also known as “breakbone fever,” dengue can cause headaches, soreness, fever, and rashes—and, in extreme cases, death. The emergency declaration will make it easier for the health department to access funding for detection and prevention. However, there is no immediate impact on travel to or from Puerto Rico, a popular holiday destination.

There have been major outbreaks of dengue 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.

By Eleanor Harrison

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