WHO, Pan American Health release dengue case report for Americas
As of Friday, the total case count for dengue has reached 1,836,509 across North, Central and South America and in the Caribbean. Of these, 6,004 are considered to be severe cases of the disease; there have been 851 deaths reported that are associated with dengue.
The region that has reported the highest number of cases is the Southern Cone: consisting of Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay. This region also has the highest fatality count. North and Central America report the highest number of dengue cases considered to be severe.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), dengue typically presents itself with a high fever, pain behind the eyes, headache and joint and muscle pain. More severe forms of the disease are known as dengue hemorrhagic fever which presents itself through severe abdominal pain and persistent vomiting and can lead to the failure of the circulatory system and potential death. The disease is spread through the bite of an affected Aedes mosquito; it is not spread through contact with another person.