BUENOS AIRES – A Bolivian man has died from dengue in the northern province of Salta, raising the death toll from the disease this year in Argentina to six, the press reported over the weekend, citing health officials.
The man, whose identity has not been released, died last Thursday from “dengue shock syndrome,” a complication associated with the disease’s hemorrhagic strain, in the city of Tartagal, Salta Health Ministry officials told the El Tribuno newspaper.
Dengue is a serious viral disease transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito that is characterized by high fever, intense headaches, muscle pain, gastro-intestinal problems and rashes.
Hemorrhagic dengue, in addition to having symptoms associated with classic dengue, like fever, headaches and joint pain, can also produce internal bleeding.
The 33-year-old man, who had a high fever, went to a clinic in the city of Salvador Mazza, near the border with Bolivia, where his case was classified as possibly being dengue and blood was drawn for a test.
Argentina has experienced the worst dengue outbreak in its history in recent months, with nearly 25,000 people infected and six deaths, three of which occurred in Salta, which borders Bolivia, Paraguay and Chile.
Neighboring Bolivia is experiencing the worst dengue outbreak in the past 20 years, with more than two dozen deaths reported and tens of thousands of people infected.
Two years ago, 17 people died and some 27,000 others were infected in a dengue epidemic in Paraguay. EFE