(CTN News) – Several times more cases of dengue fever have been reported in Brazil since January 1 compared with the same period last year, according to government data released on Saturday ahead of the launch of a vaccination campaign.
According to the latest figures available from the Brazilian Ministry of Health’s database, 262,247 probable cases were reported in the first four weeks ofcompared to 65,366 in the same period last year.
According to Fabio Baccheretti, president of the National Council of Health Secretaries, high temperatures have contributed substantially to the spread of mosquito-borne diseases.
It isand determining factor, he told AFP, to attribute the record temperatures at the end of last year to the El Nino phenomenon.
A total of 29 people have died of dengue fever this year in Latin America’s largestfurther 173 deaths being investigated for possible links to dengue fever.
Approximately 100 million to 400 million people worldwide are infected with mosquito-borne dengue annually, whichhemorrhagic fever. However, most cases are mild or asymptomatic, according to the World Health Organization.
“We are seeing that dengue is spreading in previously dengue-free areas of Brazil, so we must closely monitor this development,”Baccheretti advised.
Due to the increased number of cases, many metropolitan areas in Brazil are already experiencing strain on their health services.
Next week, a field hospital will begin receiving dengue patients in
There have been more than 88,587 probable cases reported in southeast Minas Gerais, the second most populous state in Brazil.
A campaign against disease-spreading mosquitoes is underwayHorizonte. Teams of fumigators door-to-door.
Each member is equipped with a gas maskcoveralls from head to toe.
There are times when it is difficult to gain entry into people’s homes, but they are beginning to understand that there are numerous cases around them, according to supervisor Katia Batista.
It was announced two weeks ago that the Brazilian government woulda free vaccination campaign targeting 3.2 million people with priority being given to children between the ages of 10 and 14, the group with the highest number of hospitalizations.
There is, however, a shortage of vaccine due to a shortage of supply from the manufacturer, Japanese pharmaceutical companyaccording to Brazil’s health ministry.
Approximately 6.5 million doses of the two-dose vaccine will be administered tonation of 203 million people this year.