(Image: A dengue fever patient walks amid patients resting under mosquito nets tied with threads at the Support Hospital II in Sullana, Piura department, in northern Peru, on June 9, 2023. Photo by Ernesto BENAVIDES / AFP)
Peru in South America is battling its worst dengue outbreak on record with 200 people reported dead, according to the country’s health ministry. Further, there are at least 130,000 confirmed cases of dengue in the country.
Most of the deaths have taken place in northern Peru, according to Reuters. As per reports, health officials said hospitals are “paralyzed” and medical personnel from across the country are flocking to treat those infected with dengue, a disease transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquitoes.