Argentina is battling a record number of dengue infections and deaths, the country’s medical service said on Saturday. 42 patients have already died from the disease, which is spread by mosquitoes.
Nearly 60,000 people across the country are already suffering from dengue fever, mostly in the northwestern province of Santiago del Estero, according to data from the Ministry of Health. Argentina.
In the area, medical services issued a sanitary alert on Saturday after confirming four deaths. Two deaths were also recorded in the capital Buenos Aires.
The provinces of Salta, Tucuman and Santa Fe had the most deaths from dengue, with 10, 9 and 7 deaths respectively.
Argentina’s health ministry said the highest number of dengue deaths so far has been recorded during the 2020 wave of infections. 26 people died from it then.
Dengue – what is it?
Dengue fever is a tropical infectious disease caused by the virus of the same name. It is transmitted by mosquitoes, mainly species of the Aedes genus such as Aedes aegypti.
The main symptoms of dengue fever are fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, and a rash. In the most serious cases, the patient may die as a result of hemorrhagic fever.
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