By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

The Rio de Janeiro State Department of Health (SES) reported a significant drop in dengue fever cases in 2020, to some surprise.

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According to the SES 2019 survey, there were 31,210 dengue cases and no deaths.

In relation to 2018, the cases increased, since that year, 14,763 cases of the disease were recorded, with two deaths.

In 2020, this number had a significant drop, with 4,339 cases and also no deaths. That’s because the world is going through the new coronavirus pandemic. SES spokesman Alexandre Chieppe explains the drop in cases this year.

Aedes aegypti mosquito

“SES expected, based on the data collected in 2019, mainly due to the re-entry of dengue virus 2 (virus that had circulated in Rio de Janeiro in the years 2007 to 2009), that there would be an increase in cases, because a part significant number of the population is susceptible to this type of virus. But it was not what we observed. We have not confirmed any deaths from dengue in 2020, so far, in the state of Rio “, says Chieppe.

“In fact, the number of cases was much lower than in 2019. It may be related to the issue of social detachment, in some way, and to the fact that we have another competing epidemic, which in a way makes it difficult to enter a new one. virus in people’s bodies”.

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