Brazilian health officials are reporting 73,872 cases of dengue fever in the country through Jan. 23. Six out of 10 cases have been reported from Southeast region, according to the Epidemiological Bulletin (computer translated).

Public domain image/Deyvid Aleksandr Raffo Setti
Public domain image/Deyvid Aleksandr Raffo Setti

The Midwest and Southeast have the highest incidence: 67.2 cases / 100,000 inhabitants. and 52.8 cases / 100,000 inhabitants, respectively– continuing the trend of 2015.

Among the states, Mato Grosso do Sul is reporting an incidence of 114.8 cases / 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Tocantins (103 cases / 100,000 inhabitants), Espírito Santo (93.5 cases / 100,000 inhabitants) and Minas Gerais (93.3 cases / 100,000 inhabitants).

Nine cases of severe dengue have been confirmed, down dramatically from the 80 severe cases reported during the same period last year.

In addition, there were four confirmed deaths from dengue, which represents a reduction in the country from 92% compared to the same period in 2015 when they were 50 confirmed deaths.

All four dengue virus serotypes have been reported in 2016 with DENV-1 being by far the most common at 94% of samples tested. This is followed by DENV-4 (4.8%), DENV-2 (0.7%) and DENV3 (0.4%).

Brazil reported more than 1.6 million dengue fever cases and more than 800 fatalities in 2015.