Brazil Huge rise in dengue cases in recent weeks

(ORDO NEWS) — The municipality of Toledo in the state of Parana in southern Brazil has reported a large increase in the incidence of dengue fever over the past six weeks.

Only one case of dengue fever was reported in the city on 8 February, Tarobá News reported. For the current epidemiological year, which began in August 2021, their number increased to 60 (56 local and four imported), which is 5900% more over the specified period.

Communities with the highest number of outbreaks of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the vector of the disease, especially on drinking fountains, plant pots and household waste, are in the areas of Pinheiro, Maracana, Boa Esperanza and Pancera, as well as in the area of ​​Vila Nova.

In terms of cases, they are geographically distributed as follows (in descending order): Paulista (9), Pinheiro (6), Centro and Facini (5 each), Boa Esperanza, Operaria, Pancera, Panorama and Santa Clara IV (3 each) ), Des de Mayo, Gisela, Maracana and Porto Alegre (2 each), Bressan, Cerro da Lola, Concordia, Concordia do Oeste, Copagro, da Mata, Europe, Philadelphia, Independencia, Novo Sarandi, Tancredo and Vila Nova (by one).

According to Lilian Konig, Endemic Diseases Control and Control Coordinator, these figures put Toledo on the brink of an epidemic, which is avoided by the best efforts of the sector team, which has stepped up hostilities, such as spraying insecticides with an intercostal pump and visiting houses on weekends in the most critical areas. cities and countryside.

“A significant part of the population, unfortunately, is not cooperating as it should be. To change the situation, we ask everyone to open doors and windows during insecticide spraying, as well as periodically, at least once a week, to carry out general cleaning in the yard, eliminating or by covering anything that can collect water.

In addition, we recommend that you also use repellant, running it over your skin at least every two hours. For now, this should become part of our habit,” she notes.

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