Dengue, chikungunya, and Zika in the Americas

Through the end of May 2020, a total of 1,645,678 cases of mosquito-borne disease were reported in the Region of the Americas, according to new UN data.

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Of that total, 1,600,947 (97.3%) were dengue cases, 37,279 were chikungunya cases, and 7,452 were Zika cases.

While this number is high, it is approximately a 10% relative decrease compared to the same period in 2019.

Concerning dengue fever this year, Brazil (1,040,481 cases-65% of the total), Paraguay (218,798 cases-14%), Bolivia (82,460 cases-5%), Argentina (79,775 cases-5%) and Colombia (54,192 cases -3%) have reported the most cases.

580 deaths have been recorded in the region.

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In 2020, co-circulation of all four serotypes was detected in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico.

Of the 37,279 chikungunya cases reported in the Americas, 95 percent were reported by Brazil, with 35,447 cases.

Brazil also accounts for 86 percent of the Zika cases in the region with 6,387 cases.

Since its first detection in Brazil in March of 2015, local transmission of Zika has been confirmed in all countries and territories in the Americas, except for continental Chile, Uruguay, and Canada.

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