Health officials in Rio de Janeiro kicked off a new health campaign on Tuesday to reinforce the alert tone to municipalities and the public to combat the mosquito, Aedes aegypti, and the viruses it can carry-dengue, chikungunya and Zika.

Rio de Janeiro state Image/Fdourado
Rio de Janeiro state

The campaign called “10 Minutes Saves Lives” replaces the previous “10 Minutes Against Dengue”,also includes the production of information materials and conducting training for health professionals of public and private networks.

The Minister of Health, Marcelo Castro, also participated in the launch and said, “We are experiencing a serious situation that requires effort from all of us, the federal government, states, municipalities and the entire Brazilian population. All sectors of society must be involved in combating the mosquito Aedes aegypti that in addition to dengue, Chikungunya and Zika.”

According to the latest bulletin released by the dengue status on December 2, the state of Rio de Janeiro reported 61,820 suspected cases of the disease, with 20 confirmed deaths: Barra Mansa (1), Campos dos Goytacazes (2) , Itatiaia (1), Marica (1), Miracema (1), Paraty (2), Pirai (1), Puerto Real (2), Quatis (1), Resende (7) and Volta Redonda (1). At the moment, no municipality records epidemic of the disease. In 2014 have been reported 7819 suspected dengue cases in the state of Rio de Janeiro, with 11 deaths.

Concerning Zika virus, since November 18, 2015, when the state began to notify pregnant women with red spots on the skin (rash), there have been 150 cases of pregnant women with these signs. To date, only one had confirmation Zika virus, but there is still no confirmation if the fetus has microcephaly.

Earlier this month, the State Department of Health began to publish weekly reports of cases of microcephaly in the state of Rio de Janeiro. From January 1 to December 1, 2015 were recorded 23 cases of the disease, of which 19 are already born babies and four are for the intrauterine period. Of this total, eight women reported a history of red spots in the body throughout pregnancy.

To date, there is no evidence of chikungunya circulation in the state of Rio de Janeiro.