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Brazil tops one million dengue cases, 214 deaths

Brasilia, Feb 29 (Prensa Latina) Brazil on Thursday reached a record of over one million probable cases of dengue so far this year and 214 deaths, according to Health Ministry.

Monitoring statistics show that the precise toll reported is 1,17,278,278 dengue cases.

Compared to the previous year, this figure was only reached in epidemiological week-18, from April 30 to May 6.

In addition to the dead toll, 687 other deaths are being investigated.

The Federal District (DF) is the region with highest incidence rate in the country, followed by Minas Gerais, Acre, Espírito Santo and Paraná.

Plus, the Health Ministry details that 492 cities have already received the immunizers and the most affected age group is 30 to 39 years old, followed by those ranging in age from 40 to 59.

Women are the most infected by dengue (55.4%) and due to the surge in cases, six states (Acre, Goiás, Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo, Rio de Janeiro and Santa Catarina) and the Federal District decreed a state of public health emergency.

In response to this situation, the Ministry of Health announced the celebration of a National Mobilization Day against Dengue coming Saturday, as part of the stepped-up efforts to contain its spread nationwide.

Health Minister, Nísia Trindade, warned this week about the dengue peak, which normally occurred in April.

She announced that her cabinet will release a specific orientation for medical care of pregnant women diagnosed with dengue.

In a recent statement to the nation, Trindade stressed that the society involvement is fundamental, especially considering that about 75% of foci is at homes.