Dengue fever is a viral disease transmitted through the bite of a mosquito infected with the virus.

Since the beginning of the year, that is, in less than 3 months, health authorities in the region have recorded more than 3.5 million cases of the virus, resulting in a thousand deaths.

“This is a cause for concern because it represents three times the number of cases reported in the same period in 2023, which was a record year with more than 4.5 million cases recorded,” said Charbas Barbosa, Director of the World Health Organization for the Americas, the regional branch of the World Health Organization.

He added during a press conference that 2024 "will likely be the worst dengue season ever in America."

This viral disease causes a high temperature, and in rare cases it can develop into a more serious form that causes bleeding.

It is extremely rare for this disease to cause death, as the death rate due to it is approximately 0.01 percent.

The virus spreads widely in hot countries. It spreads mainly in urban and semi-urban areas, and between 100 and 400 million people are infected around the world annually, according to the World Health Organization.

Although the increase in the number of people infected with the virus was recorded in most countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, this increase was noticeable in three countries: Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina.