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27 Jul 2019 | 10:48 PM UTC

Brazil: Over 450,000 suspected cases of dengue recorded in Minas Gerais state as of late July /update 5

Brazil News Alert

Dengue fever outbreak in Minas Gerais state continues as of late July; over 450,000 suspected cases recorded

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/27/2019, 12:00 AM until 8/1/2019, 11:59 PM (America/Sao_Paulo). COUNTRY/REGION Minas Gerais

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Event

Health officials in Minas Gerais state reported 453,750 suspected cases of dengue fever as of Monday, July 22. Officials have also confirmed the outbreak has resulted in at least 117 deaths statewide, with an additional 126 fatal cases under investigation. 

The highest number of fatal cases was recorded in Betim at 18 deaths, while Belo Horizonte and Uberlândia recorded 17 and 16 associated deaths, respectively. Authorities are continuing to implement public health measures, including fumigation campaigns aimed at eliminating mosquito breeding grounds, to hinder the further spread of the disease. 

Context

Governor Romeu Zema declared a public health emergency in the state of Minas Gerais on April 23 due to the ongoing dengue outbreak. The 2019 outbreak is now considered the largest ever recorded in Minas Gerais; the second largest was 2016, which holds the record for most associated deaths at 208. 

In 2019, deaths have been recorded in Betim, Belo Horizonte, Uberlândia, Contagem, Unaí, Arcos, Frutal, Ibirité, Paracatu, Curvelo, João Monlevade, João Pinheiro, Lagoa da Prata, Martinho Campos, Passos, São Gonçalo do Pará, Uberaba, Vazante, Patos de Minas, Rio Paranaíba, and São Gotardo.

Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne disease found mostly in urban and semi-urban areas. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, fatigue, nausea, and rash. In a small number of cases, the potentially deadly dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) may develop, resulting in internal bleeding, enlargement of the liver, and high fever.

Advice

Individuals present in Minas Gerais state are advised to take measures to protect themselves from mosquito bites (e.g. by wearing covering clothing, using insect repellent, and sleeping in a screened-in or air-conditioned room) and to eliminate possible mosquito breeding grounds on their properties (e.g. small pockets of fresh water, such as rainwater that has collected in cans, bottles, tires, flower pots, clogged gutters, etc.).

 

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