By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
The number of chikungunya cases increased by 4,986 percent in Santos, a coastal city of 433,000 in southern Brazil’s São Paulo state.
The city already has reported 6,083 cases of chikungunya and one death year to date. This compares 122 cases and no fatalities reported in 2020.
The incredible rise in cases has been blamed on the attention of most people has been focused on trying to avoid the contamination by Covid-19. Therefore, care to prevent other diseases such as dengue or chikungunya ended up being left out.
In addition, they indicate there is a higher incidence of mosquitoes.
Dengue cases in the city are also up significantly, according to officials–3,698 cases to date vs 324 last year.