By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
Brazil health officials are reporting a dramatic increase in dengue fever cases during the first 23 weeks of 2019, according to recent data from the country’s Secretaria de Vigilância em Saúde.
From Jan. 1 through June 8, 1,127,244 probable dengue cases were registered in the country (excluding discarded cases- some 300,000). This compares with 170,628 probable cases reported during the same period last year–a 560 percent increase.
Of this total, 596,381 case were confirmed, including 366 fatalities and another 453 are under investigations.
The states of Minas Gerais and São Paulo account for the bulk of the cases.
In 2019, through June 8, there were 65,826 probable cases of chikungunya in the country, up 4,000 cases from the same period last year.
15 deaths were confirmed (1 in Bahia, 13 in Rio de Janeiro and 1 in the District Federal).
Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Norte and Pará states have seen the largest burden.
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