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Some 400 deaths and more than 1.5 million cases of dengue in Brazil

Brasilia, Mar 12 (Prensa Latina) Brazil registered 391 deaths and 1,538,183 probable cases of dengue fever from January to date, according to the latest epidemiological report released today by the Ministry of Health.

Data from the Ministry’s Arbovirosis (viruses generally transmitted by mosquitoes) Monitoring Panel reveal that, in addition to the total number of deaths, 854 cases are under investigation.

Among the possible cases of the disease, 55.5 percent are women and 44.5 men.

The 30 to 39 age group also continues to account for the highest number of notifications of the sickness, followed by the 40 to 49 and 50 to 59 age groups.

Minas Gerais leads in absolute number of probable cases (513,538) among the states.

This is followed by Sao Paulo (285,134), Paraná (149,134) and the Federal District (DF, 137,050).

When the incidence coefficient is considered, the Federal District appears in the first place, with 4,865 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Minas Gerais (2,500.3), Espírito Santo (1,490.2) and Paraná (1,303.3).

The explosion of cases led at least eight federal states to decree a public health emergency: Acre, DF, Goiás, Rio de Janeiro, Espírito Santo, Santa Catarina, São Paulo and Minas Gerais.

This measure enables access to federal resources and speeds up the processes aimed at combating the disease.