Dengue Alert in Puerto Rico: Health Officials Declare Public Health Emergency Amid Surge in Mosquito-Borne Illness

Puerto Rico Experiences Public Health Crisis with Surge in Dengue Cases

Health officials in Puerto Rico have declared a public health emergency over dengue, a mosquito-borne illness that has surged throughout the Americas this year. The emergency declaration will make it easier for the health department to access funding for detection and prevention, said Health Secretary Carlos Mellado.

Almost half of the 549 cases of dengue identified in Puerto Rico so far this year are concentrated in the capital of San Juan. This year’s cases have surpassed historical records, with major outbreaks reported across large swathes of South America, including Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, and Peru.

Dengue is also known as “breakbone fever,” and can cause headaches, soreness, fever, and rashes—and, in extreme cases, death. Despite this emergency declaration having no immediate impact on travel to or from Puerto Rico—which is a popular holiday destination—it serves as a reminder to take precautions against mosquito-borne illnesses when traveling to tropical regions.

Last year, parts of Florida were put under a mosquito-borne illness alert due to dengue. It’s important for travelers to stay informed about potential health risks when planning their trips and take necessary precautions to protect themselves from mosquito-borne diseases like dengue.

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