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The Brazil Ministry of Health released the arbovirus disease numbers for 2022 in a bulletin on January 6 and it shows that through week 52 last year, Brazil reported 1,016 confirmed dengue deaths in 2022.

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This is the first time the 1,000 fatality threshold has been topped. The previous high was in 2015 when 986 deaths were recorded.

According to the Pan American Health Organization, 239 dengue fatalities were reported in 2021.

Of the 1,016 deaths, 872 were confirmed by laboratory criteria and 144 by epidemiological/ clinical criterion.

The states with the highest number of deaths were: São Paulo (282), Goiás (162), Paraná (109), Santa Catarina (88) and Rio Grande do Sul (66).

Health officials say another 109 deaths remain under investigation.

Officials also reported 1,473 cases of severe dengue and 18,145 cases of dengue with warning signs during this period.

Concerning dengue cases in Brazil, health authorities report there were 1,450,270 probable cases of dengue in 2022, according to the latest bulletin.

This is a 162 percent increase in cases compared to 2021.

Cities reporting the most cases include Brasília/Federal District, Goiânia and Aparecida de Goiânia.