By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

Through November 19, the Brazil Ministry of Health has reported 170,199 probable cases of chikungunya. with a incidence rate of 79.8 cases per 100,000 population in Brazil.

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Compared to 2019, there was an increase of 31.5% of cases registered for the same period. When compared with the year 2021, there was an increase of 80.4% cases until epi week 47.

In 2022, the Northeast Region presented the highest incidence (256.2 cases/100,000 population), followed by of the Midwest Regions (36.1 cases/100 thousand population) and the North (26.0 cases/100 thousand population).

The municipalities with the highest records of probable cases of chikungunya include: Fortaleza/CE, with 20,643 cases (763.6 cases/100 thousand population) and Maceió/AL, with 5,693 cases (551.9 cases/100 thousand population).

So far, 85 deaths from chikungunya have been confirmed in Brazil, with Ceará reporting 44.7% (38)
of deaths. It should be noted that 20 deaths are under investigation in the country.

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Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes such as Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. It can cause high fever, join and muscle pain, and headache. While chikungunya does not often result in death, the joint pain associated with the disease may last for months or years and may become a cause of chronic pain and disability. There is no specific treatment for this infection, nor any vaccine to prevent it.

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