Brazil may report a record number of dengue-related deaths this year, according to the latest arbovirus data published by the health ministry.
The Brazil Ministry of Health reports 978 deaths have been confirmed due to dengue fever, 844 by laboratory criteria and 134 by epidemiological clinical criterion through December 3 (Epi week 48).
This total is very close to the annual dengue fatality tally of 986 reported in 2015, and could possibly reach 1,000 for the first time.
The number this year is already almost four times higher than last year’s total deaths, when there were 246.
The states with the highest number of deaths were: São Paulo (275), Goiás (153), Paraná (108), Santa Catarina (88) and Rio Grande do Sul (66). Another 98 deaths are still under investigation.
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