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Madrid registers an increase in dengue cases

The Community of Madrid has registered a sharp increase in cases of dengue, a viral infection transmitted to humans by the bite of mosquitoes infected with the virus with the same name.

This was indicated this Thursday morning, September 1, by the General Director of Public Health of the Community of Madrid, Elena Andradas, who has indicated that all these cases are “imported”, that is, they have arrived in our country infected .

Specifically, in the Community of Madrid, as of August 28, a total of 48 cases of dengue have been registered compared to the 5 registered last year, as stated in the last Weekly Epidemiological Bulletin. Another disease such as malaria has also grown, but to a lesser extent: from 30 cases in 2021 to 42 this year 2022.

Andradas has attributed this sharp increase to “the return of international mobility” after the coronavirus. The virus is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected female mosquitoes, primarily the mosquito Aedes aegypti. Other species of the genus Aedes they can also be vectors, but their contribution is secondary to that of the Aedes aegypti. The vast majority of infections come from Cuba, Central America and Indonesia.

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