Dengue in Yucatán down 99% over 2017

Anti-mosquito brigades periodically spray streets and parks in Yucatán. Photo: Courtesy
Anti-mosquito brigades periodically spray streets and parks in Yucatán. Photo: Courtesy

Mérida, Yucatán — Only two dengue cases have been registered this year by the state Ministry of Health (SSY), the agency announced.

That is good news after 2017’s uptick in the mosquito-born illness. The state counted 98 cases last year; the current statistic marks a 99 percent decline in dengue.

Mérida had about 40,000 reported dengue cases during 2008 to 2015, at the height of the crisis.

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A 21-year-old woman from Ticul and a 32-year-old man from Hunukú, Temozón were stricken, officials said. No deaths have been reported.

The agency did not disclose statistics for zika and chikungunya, two other mosquito-borne viruses that have plagued tropical areas. But worldwide, both illnesses have declined dramatically, and dengue numbers are thought to predict zika and chikungunya cases.

The count comes at a time of year — the rainy season — when mosquito-born illnesses have the potential to spike.

The health agency reiterated its advice to homeowners: Don’t allow stagnant water to accumulate because that’s where mosquito larvae can breed.

If you suspect that you are infected, avoid self-medication and seek proper medical attention.

Sources: Press release, archives

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