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Brazil approaches two million dengue cases

Brasilia, Mar 21 (Prensa Latina) Brazil is approaching the mark of two million probable cases of dengue fever so far in 2024, according to the latest update of the Health Ministry's Arbovirosis (virus) Monitoring Panel.

Based on the, Brazil recorded a total of 1,978,372 diagnoses of the disease from January 1 to this Wednesday.

In that period, the country recorded 656 deaths due to the disease and another 1,25 thousand deaths are still under investigation.

The panel also indicates that the incidence rate of the disease is 974.3 probable cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The sum of notifications in 2024, as stated by the Ministry, presents an abnormal volume compared to the last decades.

On Monday, Brazil broke a record, since it had not registered so many cases of dengue fever in a single calendar in more than 20 years.

In this regard, the ministry evaluates that in the current fiscal year it should have at least twice as many records as in 2023.

Last year, the country had 1,658,814 probable cases of the disease.

For the minister of the sector, Nísia Trindade, the high volume of cases is related to factors such as climate change and the circulation of more than one serotype of the virus.

On the so-called National Day of Mobilization against the disease, held on March 2, Trindade announced that the Federal Government would begin vaccinating children against several diseases in all schools, including dengue, in the second half of the month.

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