The Municipality of Toledo in Paraná state in southern Brazil has reported a big increase in dengue fever in the past six weeks.
According to the Tarobá News, on February 8, the city saw just one dengue case during the current epidemiological year, which started in August 2021, to 60 (56 indigenous and four imported), an increase of 5,900% in the period.
The communities that register the highest number of outbreaks of Aedes aegypti , the mosquito that transmits the disease, especially animal drinking fountains, plant pots and household waste, are in the Pioneiro, Maracanã, Boa Esperança and Pancera neighborhoods, and in the Vila Nova district.
Regarding the cases, they are geographically distributed as follows (in descending order): Paulista (9), Pioneiro (6), Centro and Fachini (5 each), Boa Esperança, Operária, Pancera, Panorama and Santa Clara IV (3 each), Dez de Maio, Gisela, Maracanã and Porto Alegre (2 each), Bressan, Cerro da Lola, Concórdia, Concórdia do Oeste, Coopagro, da Mata, Europa, Philadelphia, Independência, Novo Sarandi, Tancredo and Vila Nova (1 each).
According to the coordinator of Control and Fight against Endemic Diseases, Lilian Konig, these numbers place Toledo on the verge of an epidemic, which is being avoided with the maximum of efforts by the sector team, which has intensified combat actions, such as the insecticide spraying by means of an intercostal pump and home visits on weekends in the most critical areas of the city and countryside. “A significant part of the population, unfortunately, has not collaborated in the way it should. To change that, we ask everyone to open doors and windows when the insecticide is being sprayed and to periodically do a general sweep in the yard, eliminating or covering any and all objects that can accumulate water, at least once a week. In addition, we recommend that you also use repellent, passing it over the skin at least every two hours. For now, this should be a habit that needs to be part of our routine,” she notes.
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