By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The city of São José do Rio Preto in the of São Paulo state, Brazil is reporting a historical record in dengue fever cases in 2019, according to a SBT Interior report (computer translated).


The city saw 33,000 dengue fever cases in 2019, dramatically surpassing the previous high of 21,000 in 2015.

Brazil has reported some 2.1 million dengue cases this year, including 722 deaths. São Paulo state accounts for about six out of 10 cases in the country.

Dengue is a disease caused by a virus spread through mosquito bites. The disease can take up to 2 weeks to develop with illness generally lasting less than a week.

Health effects from dengue include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, rash, muscle and joint pain, and minor bleeding.

Dengue can become severe within a few hours. Severe dengue is a medical emergency, usually requiring hospitalization.

In severe cases, health effects can include hemorrhage (uncontrolled bleeding), shock (seriously low blood pressure), organ failure, and death.

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