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Dengue Deaths in Puerto Rico: Lessons Learned from the 2007 Epidemic

  • Kay M. Tomashek mail,

    ktomashek@cdc.gov

    Affiliation: Dengue Branch, Division of Vector-Borne Diseases (DVBD), National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), San Juan, Puerto Rico

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  • Christopher J. Gregory,

    Affiliation: Dengue Branch, Division of Vector-Borne Diseases (DVBD), National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), San Juan, Puerto Rico

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  • Aidsa Rivera Sánchez,

    Affiliation: Dengue Branch, Division of Vector-Borne Diseases (DVBD), National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), San Juan, Puerto Rico

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  • Matthew A. Bartek,

    Affiliation: University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Enid J. Garcia Rivera,

    Affiliation: Puerto Rico Department of Health, San Juan, Puerto Rico

    Current address: University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, San Juan, Puerto Rico

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  • Elizabeth Hunsperger,

    Affiliation: Dengue Branch, Division of Vector-Borne Diseases (DVBD), National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), San Juan, Puerto Rico

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  • Jorge L. Muñoz-Jordán,

    Affiliation: Dengue Branch, Division of Vector-Borne Diseases (DVBD), National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), San Juan, Puerto Rico

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  • Wellington Sun

    Affiliation: Dengue Branch, Division of Vector-Borne Diseases (DVBD), National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), San Juan, Puerto Rico

    Current address: Division of Vaccines and Related Product Applications, Office of Vaccines Research and Review, Centers for Biologics Evaluation and Research, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Rockville, Maryland, United States of America

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  • Published: April 17, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0001614

About the Authors

Kay M. Tomashek, Christopher J. Gregory, Aidsa Rivera Sánchez, Elizabeth Hunsperger, Jorge L. Muñoz-Jordán, Wellington Sun
Dengue Branch, Division of Vector-Borne Diseases (DVBD), National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), San Juan, Puerto Rico
Matthew A. Bartek
University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States of America
Enid J. Garcia Rivera
Puerto Rico Department of Health, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Corresponding Author

Email: ktomashek@cdc.gov

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: KMT CJG ARS WS EJGR EH JLMJ. Analyzed the data: KMT CJG ARS MAB. Wrote the paper: KMT. Laboratory testing: EH JLMJ. Assisted in chart reviews: KMT CJG MAB ARS. Assisted in reviewing written manuscript: CJG ARS MAB WS EJGR EH JLMJ.