Unusual Dengue Surge in Puerto Rico: Health Officials Express Concern over Increasing Cases and Strained Healthcare System

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

Dengue infections are on the rise in Puerto Rico, with an unusual increase in cases outside of the usual rainy season in summer. Since the beginning of the year, 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 worried 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.

The peak season for dengue cases is typically between August and December, but this year has seen a significant increase in cases outside of that timeframe. This has caused concern among health officials who are working to control the spread of the disease and prevent further outbreaks.

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