Epidemiological Alert - Increase in dengue cases in the Region of the Americas - 16 February 2024

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Considering the number of dengue cases reported in the first weeks of 2024, with an exponential increase in several countries of the Region of the Americas, following a year in which the highest number of dengue cases reported in recent decades was recorded in the Americas, the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) reiterates to Member States the importance of intensifying efforts and actions to control the Aedes aegypti mosquito (the main vector of transmission), in addition to continuing with surveillance, early diagnosis, and the timely treatment of dengue cases.

At the same time, PAHO/WHO highlights the importance for essential measures to be taken in organizing the healthcare services network to streamline patient access and ensure effective management, preventing complications and deaths linked to this illness. It is also important to strengthen awareness campaigns to increase community participation, reduce mosquito breeding sites, and encourage seeking timely medical attention.