By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
Brazil has reported a record year as far as cases of dengue fever are concerned, recently eclipsing the 2 million mark for 2019. In the southeastern Brazilian state of Espírito Santo, health authorities have recorded 75,416 cases of dengue through October 25. This is up from 13,816 cases during the same period in 2018, according to a Folha Vitoria report (computer translated).
The report notes that since 1995, Espírito Santo has seen three dengue epidemics: 2009, 2011 and 2013. During these periods, 51,733, 55,017 and 82,923 cases were reported, respectively.
The head of the Secretary of Health’s (Sesa) Special Environmental Surveillance Center, Roberto Laperriere, explains that the increase in notifications may have occurred due to the following factors: national shortage of adulticide, used in chemical control; the prolongation of summer, which caused high temperatures in the country until July this year; the circulation of mosquito serotype 2; and, mainly, the lack of commitment of society to combat possible egg deposits.
About 80% of mosquito outbreaks are in or near homes. Laperriere warns that everyone must be committed to controlling the proliferation of Aedes aegypti, and that without the commitment of the population it is not possible to succeed.
“The population has the primary role in controlling the vector and if they do not do their part in the homes, we will hardly win the war against the mosquito. This is our greatest difficulty. We need everyone to be aware of the problem, ”he said.