By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
Municipal health officials in Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo state, Brazil are reporting a huge increase in dengue fever cases in 2019, according to a G1 Globo report (computer translated).
To date in 2019, Ribeirão Preto has reported 13,903 dengue cases. This compares to 233 cases report during the same period in 2018–a 5,866 percent increase.
According to health department data, three deaths due to the disease were recorded throughout the year. The victims were a 73-year-old man and two 44- and 53-year-old women.
The Aedes aegypti Rapid Index Survey (LIRAa), conducted by agents of the Endemics Control Superintendence (Sucen), puts Ribeirão Preto on the list of cities in the region on alert for the proliferation of the Aedes aegypti mosquito , dengue transmitter. According to the index, each house in the municipality has, on average, 3.9 outbreaks of the insect.
Also according to the survey, the proliferation of larvae generally occurs in places such as attics and basements, potted plants, PET bottles, plastic pots, gutters, slabs, pools, tires, awnings, rubble and scrap.