Again, Brazil recorded an increase in dengue cases . Between December 30 and March 16, the increase was 264% of cases compared to the same period last year.
The death toll has also gone up. In 2018, 32 people died from the disease. This year, until March, there were 62 deaths, which represents an increase of 67% of deaths.
The states that most registered an increase in dengue cases are:
- Roraima : 6566% increase in cases;
- São Paulo : increase of 2124% of the cases;
- Tocantins and Paraná: increase of more than 1000% in each one.
The State of Amazonas, with a 5.6% increase in the number of cases, was the last placed on the list.
According to the Ministry of Health, the incidence (number of cases in relation to the number of inhabitants) also increased. In Brazil, on average, 109 cases were discovered for every 100 thousand inhabitants.
Dengue is a disease that can kill. But the sooner it is diagnosed, the greater the chances of the disease not evolving and leading to death.
There is no specific drug to treat dengue. Even so, visiting a doctor is the most advisable if the disease is suspected.
Fighting the mosquito
The Aedes aegypti, when infected, is the transmitter of dengue, the Zika virus and fever Chikungunya .
By March of this year alone, 12,942 cases of Chikungunya and 2,062 cases of Zika have been recorded. No deaths from these last two diseases have been reported this year.
The summer period is the most prone to the proliferation of the transmitting mosquito, since the heavy rains combined with the high temperatures create the perfect condition for the female mosquito to lay eggs.
For the total eradication of the mosquito, each one must do his part. Not leaving standing water and cleaning backyards are the most effective ways to reduce disease rates.