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Dengue cases 'explode' by 57% in Brazil during January

Monday, February 9th 2015 - 12:43 UTC
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Health Minister Arthur Chioro said the water shortage has led many people to store water in their homes out of fear that their supply could be cut off Health Minister Arthur Chioro said the water shortage has led many people to store water in their homes out of fear that their supply could be cut off

Dengue cases in Brazil rose by 57% in January, an increase that the Brazilian government partially attributed to the water crisis in the country's southeastern region. In the first four weeks of the year, Brazil registered 40,196 cases of dengue, compared with 26,017 in the same period of 2014, the Brazilian Health Ministry said.

 Health Minister Arthur Chioro said the water shortage has led many people to store water in their homes out of fear that their supply could be cut off at any time, which in turn creates breeding grounds for the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which carries dengue fever and the chikungunya virus.

“It's unquestionable that the drought-created water shortage increases the risk of the Aedes aegypti mosquito proliferating to the extent that people store water without protecting it,” the minister said in a statement cited in local media.

Chioro expressed his concern about the rising number of dengue cases, particularly since the main breeding season tends to be in March and April.

“The number of dengue cases increased during a time of the year when they shouldn't increase,” the minister said.

Brazil's southeastern region, affected by a drought that has led some of its cities to impose water rationing, registered its highest number of cases in January - 22,636 - an increase of 55.3 percent over the same period last year.

Nonetheless, the number of serious cases of dengue went from 49 to 14 in the first four weeks of 2015, a 71% reduction, while deaths from the disease were down 84% in the period.

Categories: Health & Science, Brazil.

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  • yankeeboy

    Ahh more Socialism killing people
    Glorious

    Feb 09th, 2015 - 03:44 pm 0
  • Hepatia

    http://en.mercopress.com/2015/02/09/dengue-cases-explode-by-57-in-brazil-during-january#comment379703: Tell me, are we still in Kansas? I don't think we are.

    Feb 10th, 2015 - 04:42 am 0
  • ChrisR

    The First World country slips further into the brown stuff.

    They just can't help themselves can they?

    Now the laughingly titled 'health minister' blames the people for hoarding water!

    The way this country is being mis-managed they will have bypassed TDC and be on the heels of Venezuela by the end of this year.

    Can nobody in this damnable country take the thing by the scuff of the neck and kick it's arse out of lethargy?

    Feb 10th, 2015 - 10:17 am 0
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