ADVICE – On Tuesday (19), the U.S. State Department of Health (Sesa) declared a dengue epidemic in Paraná due to an increase in the number of cases. As of August 2021 to date, the state accounts for more than 80,000 reports of the disease and five deaths. The bulletin released today contains 14,964 new announcements compared to the previous week.
“In every weekly bulletin, the numbers referred to this result. Despite constant monitoring of environmental monitoring, the figures have risen and now we have to reverse the situation. We do not want more cases and, above all, new deaths,” stressed Health Minister César Neves. “We have already done an effective job of fighting the disease with the support of society and are re-inviting the population to this confrontation.”
According to Sesa, the numbers in the weekly dengue report show that the probable and confirmed cases exceed the expectations of the epidemiological period – hence the configuration of the epidemic scenario.
80,004 cases have been reported, which is 14,964 more than in the previous week. Data are from the 34th epidemiological report, for the current season of the disease, which began on August 1 and continues through July 2022.
The document also states that 365 municipalities have reported cases, 287 of which were confirmed. The number of confirmed cases in one week increased by 39.86 per cent, from 16,560 to 23,161, and no new deaths were recorded.
The western and northern macro-regions focus on the most confirmed cases. Francisco Beltrão, Medianeira, Arapongas, Cascavel, Salto do Lontra, Ampére, Catanduvas, Iracema do Oeste and Realeza were the municipalities with the highest number of confirmed cases in the last six weeks.
Between 2019 and 2020, Paraná faced one of the worst dengue epidemics in its history, as it began to be monitored in 1991. During that time, 227,724 confirmed cases of disease and 177 deaths were recorded. Until then, the worst period was between 2015 and 2016, with just over 56,000 cases and 61 deaths.
“Our teams are already on the ground in the areas with the highest incidence, guiding the population. We are promoting tutorials for physicians in this confrontation to make a convincing diagnosis, ”the secretary added. “We need to revive methods to control dengue fever. That vase of water, crushed stone, in a water collection tank, because there may be a place where mosquitoes breed.”