Dengue Outbreaks in Puerto Rico: What’s Behind the Unexpected Surge?

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

Since the beginning of the year, there has been an unusual increase in dengue cases in Puerto Rico. Typically, dengue infections are most common during the rainy season in summer, with peak cases occurring between August and December. However, this year has seen a significant rise in cases outside of the usual timeframe.

To date, 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 that 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, it remains unclear what is causing this unusual spike in dengue cases outside of the usual seasonal patterns.

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