Surge in Dengue Infections Raises Concerns in Argentina

A surge in dengue infections in Argentina has caused a significant increase in the number of cases, raising concerns among citizens. Local media in Argentina reported that residents of the metropolitan area are rushing to purchase mosquito repellents as dengue fever continues to spread. According to Argentina’s Ministry of Health and Welfare, the number of dengue infections has exceeded 180,000 since July last year, with 129 reported deaths. The number of infections has increased more than 11 times from 8,300 in January to March of last year to 100,000 this year.

Dengue fever, a disease transmitted through mosquitoes carrying the dengue virus, causes symptoms such as extreme headaches, fever, vomiting, rashes, and in severe cases, can lead to death. The recent surge in dengue infections, including the death of Maria Victoria Deramota, wife of a renowned Argentine golfer, has heightened concerns among citizens.

However, citizens are facing a shortage of mosquito repellents in the region, leading to discontent and frustration. Many have taken to social media to express their anger, questioning the availability of mosquito repellents and criticizing the government for the lack of action. The shortage has led to a significant increase in prices, with citizens reporting quadrupled prices and difficulties in obtaining the repellents.

Authorities attribute the cause of the dengue epidemic to the explosive increase in the number of aedes aegypti mosquitoes, the carriers of dengue infection. This increase is believed to be a result of torrential rains and high temperatures caused by El Niño.

The situation in Argentina underscores the urgent need for measures to address the dengue outbreak and ensure the availability of essential supplies such as mosquito repellents to protect citizens from the disease.


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