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Dengue Outbreaks Spark Public Health Emergency Declaration in Puerto Rico: What Travelers Need to Know

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 26, 2024
Dengue Cases on the Rise in Puerto Rico, Prompts Public Health Emergency Declaration

Dengue, a mosquito-borne illness that has been rapidly spreading throughout the Americas, has led to a public health emergency declaration in Puerto Rico. Health officials in the US territory have reported 549 cases of dengue this year, with nearly half of the cases concentrated in San Juan. Dengue, also known as “breakbone fever,” can cause symptoms such as headaches, soreness, fever, and rashes, and in severe cases, can lead to death.

This year’s cases of dengue have exceeded historical records in Puerto Rico. Health Secretary Carlos Mellado stated that the surge of dengue is due to a lack of funding for detection and prevention efforts in previous years. However, with the public health emergency declaration, the health department will now have access to more funding for these efforts.

While the public health emergency declaration will not immediately impact travel to or from Puerto Rico, which is a popular holiday destination, it will allow for easier access to funding for detection and prevention efforts. Dengue outbreaks have been reported in various countries across the Americas this year, including Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, and Peru. In the United States, parts of Florida were on alert last year for mosquito-borne illnesses like dengue. It’s important for travelers to take precautions when visiting areas with high levels of mosquito populations and to seek medical attention if they experience any symptoms associated with dengue or other mosquito-borne illnesses.

By Samantha Nguyen

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