Brazil has reported as many cases through April this year as they did in all of 2021, according to a G1.Globo report Monday.
According to the report, There were 542,000 cases until April 23, according to data from the Ministry of Health released this Monday. Last year, Brazil totaled 544,000 cases.
The epidemiological bulletin of the federal government points to an increase of 113% in cases of the disease compared to last year.
The state of São Paulo has the highest number of cases, with more than 126,000 records. The municipalities with the highest number of cases were Goiânia (31,189), Brasília (29,928) and Palmas (9,080).
Additionally, 160 fatalities have been recorded to date.
“What is observed this year is an expressive activity of dengue in some parts of the country, in particular in the axis that goes from Tocantins to Santa Catarina, passing through the Midwest and the western portion of São Paulo”, interprets the biologist and epidemiologist. Cláudia Codeço, researcher at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FioCruz).
“We had an especially favorable climate for dengue this year, with intense and prolonged rains”, recalls Codeço.
Since the end of 2021, when summer began, several Brazilian cities have registered many storms, related to phenomena such as La Niña and climate change.
At the same time, Brazil faced an epidemic of H3N2 influenza, which caused a significant increase in influenza cases, and the spread of the omicron variant of the coronavirus, behind records in infection numbers.
“Dengue surveillance systems were greatly impaired, since in these last two years there was an almost absolute focus on the covid-19 pandemic”, adds the doctor, who is also a professor at the Federal University of São Paulo (Unifesp).
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