Newborn infant dies from dengue in Merida suburb

Photo: Effects of bleeding dengue.

The Yucatan Health Ministry confirmed this week the second death due to hemorrhagic dengue in Yucatan in 2015.

This second victim is a one-month-old male infant, whose death was reported in the municipality of Kanasín, a Merida suburb.

Through the 45th week of 2015, the total reported deaths from this disease in Mexico is 28.

Photo: Effects of bleeding dengue.
Effects of bleeding dengue.

The total number of confirmed dengue cases in the country is 21,371, representing a decrease of 13.3 percent compared to last year when 24,636 were reported infected.

Last week, the Ministry of Health reported on the first death in Yucatan from hemorrhagic dengue, apparently in the interior of the state.

Regarding deaths, comparing 2015 with 2014, there has been a decrease of 56.3 percent since as of the same week there had been 64 deaths from this disease in 2014.

According to the information, the spread of dengue and dengue hemorrhagic fever are mostly concentrated in five states: Veracruz, Sonora, Jalisco, Guerrero and Yucatan, which together recorded 47% of total cases nationwide.

The report indicates that to date, in Yucatan there are 1,498 confirmed dengue cases (1,098 are dengue fever and 360 its hemorrhagic form.) The incidence is 68.8 cases per one hundred thousand inhabitants. The municipalities with the highest incidence are Sucilá and Dzitas with a rate close to 100 per hundred thousand inhabitants.

Of the confirmed cases of dengue fever, 60 per cent are females and 40% are males. Regarding the form of hemorrhagic dengue, 53 percent of cases occur in women and 47 percent in men.

In 2014, through week 45 there had been three deaths from dengue in Yucatan.