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Dengue Fever Outbreak in Argentina: Over 40,000 Cases Confirmed

Dengue Fever Outbreak in Argentina: Over 40,000 Cases Confirmed, No Specific Treatment! Argentina Urgently Speaks Out



Dengue Fever Outbreak in Argentina: Over 40,000 Cases Confirmed, No Specific Treatment! Argentina Urgently Speaks Out

Argentina has suddenly raised an alarm.

On February 24, the Argentine Ministry of Health issued a national epidemiological report stating that since the beginning of 2024, the cumulative number of confirmed dengue fever cases in Argentina has exceeded 40,000. The Argentine Ministry of Health urgently urged the public to enhance care.

At the same time, the dengue fever epidemic in neighboring Brazil seems to be more severe. According to local media reported on February 24 that the Brazilian Ministry of Health estimates that the number of dengue fever cases in the country in 2024 may reach 4.2 million, more than twice the number in 2023. As of February 22, Brazil has recorded more than 740,000 suspected cases of dengue fever, an increase of nearly 350% compared to the same period last year. Currently, five states in the country and the Federal District of Brasilia have declared a public health emergency due to dengue fever.

In addition, the latest actions of Argentine President Mile have attracted attention from all sides. On February 25, Global Times cited a report from the Buenos Aires Times in Argentina, stating that on February 24 local time, Argentine President Mile met with former U.S. President Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held in Maryland, USA. The report stated that people speculated that Mile’s attendance at CPAC might disrupt the relationship between the Biden administration and the new Argentine government.

Dengue Fever Outbreak in Argentina: Over 40,000 Cases Confirmed, No Specific Treatment! Argentina Urgently Speaks Out

Outbreak Strikes Suddenly

On February 25, according to CCTV news, on February 24 local time, the Argentine Ministry of Health issued a national epidemiological report stating that since the beginning of 2024, the cumulative number of confirmed dengue fever cases in Argentina has exceeded 40,000.

The Argentine Ministry of Health stated that 40,137 cases of dengue fever have been reported this year. Considering the sharp increase in cases and the continued hot weather, the Argentine Ministry of Health urgently urged the public to enhance care, including eliminating possible mosquito breeding grounds, using insect repellent to avoid bites, and seeking medical attention early when symptoms of the disease appear.

At the same time, the dengue fever epidemic in neighboring Brazil seems to be more severe.

On February 25, according to media reported on February 24 that the Brazilian Ministry of Health estimates that the number of dengue fever cases in the country in 2024 may reach 4.2 million, more than twice the number in 2023. As of February 22, Brazil has recorded more than 740,000 suspected cases of dengue fever, an increase of nearly 350% compared to the same period last year.

The report said that the peak of dengue fever infections in Brazil this year may come between April and May, which depends largely on the temperature and rainfall. It is worth mentioning that in 2023, Brazil had as many as 2.37 million cases of dengue fever, the highest in the world.

In February this year, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus described the dengue fever epidemic in Brazil as a “major challenge” and linked it to the El Niño climate phenomenon.

Tedros said at an event in Brasilia, “The current dengue outbreak is a result of the El Niño phenomenon.”

On January 15, the Brazilian Ministry of Health announced that it would promote dengue fever vaccination nationwide from February this year. It is reported that the target vaccination population is 3 million people, and adolescents aged 6 to 16 will be the first group to be vaccinated. Brazil will thus become the first country in the world to vaccinate the entire population against dengue fever.

No Specific Treatment Yet

Dengue fever is an acute infectious disease caused by the dengue virus, mainly transmitted by mosquitoes, and is prevalent in tropical and subtropical regions. Typical symptoms include continuous fever, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, etc., and severe cases can be fatal.

The population is generally susceptible, and after infection, the disease may occur after a 3-15 day incubation period, but some people may not develop symptoms (known as asymptomatic carriers). Dengue fever is clinically divided into typical, mild, and severe cases.

Among them, the symptoms of mild dengue fever are similar to those of influenza and acute respiratory infections, making it easy to miss diagnosis.

Dengue fever itself is a self-limiting disease that can resolve on its own. If the patient has mild symptoms, they can be managed at home; if the symptoms are severe, such as persistent fever, hospitalization is required.

Currently, there is no specific antiviral treatment for dengue fever, and mainly supportive and symptomatic treatment measures are taken. The treatment principle is early detection, early diagnosis, early treatment, and early mosquito isolation. Early identification of severe cases and timely treatment are key to reducing the case fatality rate.

On December 21, 2023, the World Health Organization reported that there was a sharp increase in dengue fever cases globally in 2023, with reported cases exceeding 5 million, close to the historical peak, and over 5,000 dengue fever-related deaths. Among them, the Americas reported about 4.1 million confirmed cases.

Latest Actions by the Argentine President

On February 25, Global Times cited a report from the Buenos Aires Times in Argentina, stating that on February 24 local time, Argentine President Mile, known as the “Argentine Trump,” met with former U.S. President Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held in Maryland, USA. Just a day earlier, Mile met with U.S. Secretary of State Blinken at the presidential palace in Buenos Aires.

The report stated that people speculated that Mile’s attendance at CPAC might disrupt the relationship between the Biden administration and the new Argentine government.

The Buenos Aires Times mentioned that before speaking at CPAC, Trump met with Mile backstage. Mile’s spokesperson Adoni posted a video of the meeting between the two on social media, in which Mile greeted Trump enthusiastically. Mile said, “I am very happy, you are very generous to me.”

According to the Associated Press, during the meeting, Mile and Trump embraced intimately. Trump also said to the camera, “Make Argentina great again,” and Mile immediately shouted his classic slogan, “Long live freedom.” “Make Argentina great again” is derived from Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America great again,” both abbreviated as “MAGA.”

The Buenos Aires Times mentioned that in his speech at CPAC, Trump mentioned Mile. Trump said, “Mile is one of the few people who can make Argentina great again.” “He is ‘MAGA’: Make Argentina great again. He can do it. Havier Mile. Thank you, Mile, very much, very honored to have you here,” Trump said. Mile also said in his speech that his government “will not give up making Argentina great again.”

On the other hand, according to the Associated Press, a day before attending CPAC, Mile met with Blinken. Argentine Minister of Security Patricia Bullrich said that U.S. Ambassador to Argentina Marc Stanley had urged Mile not to speak at CPAC. She said Stanley told

the Argentine President’s Office that he believed the meeting was “highly politicized” and that Mile was not suitable to attend. She added, “He (Mile) is honored to attend the meeting. He is here as a speaker to give a general speech, not to talk about elections.”

The Associated Press said that as of the evening of the 24th local time, the U.S. State Department had not responded to requests for comment.

Dengue Fever Outbreak in Argentina: Over 40,000 Cases Confirmed, No Specific Treatment! Argentina Urgently Speaks Out

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