Dengue: cases increase in Latin America
BRASILIA, BRAZIL.- In the photo taken on March 17, 2020, Two hundred sixty-one (261) new community health agents (AEC) and Environmental Surveillance (Avas) of Brazil began to inspect this week to combat the dengue mosquito in the streets of the Federal District. In summary, the job of these professionals is to guide residents and inspect properties in relation to the dengue-borne insect, Aedes aegypti. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of dengue cases that were reported until week 52 of 2019 with 3,139,335 cases, was "the highest recorded in the history of dengue in the Americas", but in what so far in 2020, 155,343 cases of dengue were reported, including 28 deaths. Of the total reported cases, 15,392 were laboratory confirmed and 715 were classified as severe dengue.