The surge in dengue fever infections in Mexico has reached alarming levels, particularly in the Yucatan State. As of September 24, 2023, there have been 23,241 confirmed cases of dengue fever in Mexico, with an additional 132,307 probable cases. This is a significant increase compared to the same period in 2022, with only 5,577 confirmed cases and 31,122 probable cases.
The Yucatan Peninsula, including Yucatan and Quintana Roo, has seen a fourfold increase in dengue cases compared to the previous year. Quintana Roo has experienced the highest incidence of dengue fever in the past 11 years. Puebla and Tabasco are also grappling with the dengue fever outbreak, with Puebla reporting 1,646 accumulated cases and Tabasco experiencing a resurgence with 740 cases already reported in 2023.
The rise in cases has also been accompanied by an increase in dengue-related fatalities, with 48 deaths reported across Mexico in 2023. The situation calls for urgent preventive measures, including mosquito control and public awareness campaigns.
Mexico is currently facing a severe dengue fever crisis, with the Yucatan Peninsula bearing the brunt of the outbreak. Yucatan and Quintana Roo have seen a significant increase in dengue cases compared to the previous year. The situation in Quintana Roo is particularly concerning, as it has witnessed the highest incidence of dengue fever in the past 11 years.
To address this crisis, the Quintana Roo government has allocated a historic investment of 168 million pesos for dengue prevention efforts. In Yucatan, where more than half of the cases are classified as severe dengue, health authorities are conducting extensive fumigation and mosquito breeding site inspections. However, the dengue fever situation remains critical in the Yucatan Peninsula and requires a comprehensive approach to mitigate its impact.
Puebla, in central Mexico, is also grappling with the dengue fever onslaught. The state has reported a total of 1,646 accumulated cases, with the majority concentrated in certain municipalities. The government of Puebla is emphasizing the importance of prompt medical attention for individuals experiencing symptoms. Adherence to preventive measures and hygiene practices is crucial in curbing the spread of both dengue and COVID-19.
Tabasco has seen a resurgence of dengue fever, with 740 cases reported in the first nine months of 2023, representing a significant portion of the total cases reported in the previous year. The state has also recorded four dengue-related deaths and currently has 76 individuals hospitalized due to dengue infections. Despite budget cuts for dengue prevention programs, health authorities are urging citizens to take preventive actions to prevent mosquito breeding sites.
The escalating dengue fever crisis in Mexico highlights the need for effective prevention measures, including mosquito control and public awareness campaigns. The rapid increase in cases and deaths calls for urgent action to address this growing health crisis.