The diarrhea epidemic in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina Island, Brazil reached 1,618 during the first two weeks of 2023, according to the Municipal Health Secretariat.
The causative agent is still unknown. The epidemic has hit residents and tourists alike.
One of the hypotheses under investigation is whether the case is related to unsuitable places for bathing on some beaches, especially in the north of the island.
The report by the Institute of the Environment of Santa Catarina (IMA) pointed out that famous beaches such as Canasvieiras and Ingleses have most of the points unsuitable for bathing.
Officials say acute diarrheal illnesses can be caused by viruses, bacteria, and parasites.
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