Dengue Cases Down in Mexico as Vaccine Rolls Out at Private Health-Care Institutions
World’s dengue vaccine is now available in Mexico (Mint)
Officials with the Mexico Ministry of Health (MOH) have reported 8,314 dengue fever and severe dengue cases through the first week of September of this year, a decrease in cases of more than 33 percent compared to the same period in 2015 (12,559).
Mexico has seen ten dengue fatalities this year to date, for a lethality rate of 0.5 percent.
Sixty percent of cases are reported from five states–Guerrero, Veracruz, Chiapas, Jalisco and Michoacan.
In related news, vaccine manufacturer, Sanofi Pasteur announced that they would be rolling out the vaccine, Dengvaxia, in the private sector in Mexico while health authorities prepare a public immunization plan, according to an AFP report.
The company says 1 million doses of Dengvaxia are already in country.
Sanofi Pasteur’s dengue vaccine has been approved in Mexico, Brazil, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Paraguay and the Philippines.
Read the rest at Outbreak News Today
Related: Private Health-Care Institutions First to get Dengue Vaccine in Mexico (EFE)
Related: Dengue Vaccine Approved for Use in Mexico Could Cause Serious Illness (VOA News)
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