The European Union will support the victims of dengue in Guatemala, due to the massive outbreak that has been registered throughout the national territory.

The diplomatic mission has allocated € 150,000 (USD 167,310) in humanitarian financing, to help the most affected people.

In a statement they say it will be for necessary emergency assistance. In addition, it will include activities such as prevention and elimination of pollution sources.

The aid will be directly for 37,500 people from five municipalities. This help is because according to figures from Ministry of Public Health, until the end of July there was a report of 12,081 cases.

Of the total, 89 cases were severe and 47 deaths attributable to the virus. This reflects that dengue affects 75 percent of the country.

PAHO confirms epidemic

Latin America and the caribbean they suffer a new outbreak of dengue "with a notable increase in cases" after two years of low incidence. This was warned this Thursday by Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

PAHO reported that it is urgent to destroy the breeding sites of the mosquito that transmits the disease. Dengue, a viral infection that can be fatal. Currently, it especially affects children and adolescents.

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More than 700 deceased

From January to July of this year, more than two million people contracted the disease and 723 died. The figures are according to the latest PAHO epidemiological update dated August 9.

The cases exceed the total reported in 2017 and 2018. Although so far it is lower than that recorded in 2015-2016.

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