Ceará records six Chikungunya deaths in 2022 | Ceará

Ceará recorded six deaths from complications caused by chikungunya in 2022, according to the Ceará Ministry of Health (Sesa). All the deaths took place in February-March in the municipalities of the Carir region, where the number of cases has increased.

According to Sesa, four Chikungunya deaths occurred in the city of Barbalha and two in the interior of Juazeiro do Norte. The victims ranged in age from 21 to 85, and four of them were men.

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According to the agency, there are 2,399 confirmed cases of Chikungunya in the Carir region, in the southern and central-southern part of the state. The figure is higher than in the entire Fortaleza health district, which includes municipalities other than the capital.

In 2021, 177 cases of the disease were recorded in the Carir area. In January-March this year, the number rose to 1,061 Chikungunya patients.

The secretariat also said Ceara had 1,133 cases of Chikungunya in the past year and one death from a disease that killed an 11-month-old baby.

In an effort to curb the spread of arboviruses, including the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which causes dengue fever, zikavirus and Chikungunya disease, town halls have stepped up the work of endemic agents visiting residents.

Dengue, chikungunya, and zika viruses have common symptoms such as fever, red spots on the body, and pain in the joints and around the eyes. Anyone with these signs should seek medical attention.

Disease prevention consists of preventing the growth of Aedes aegypt and measures to prevent mosquito bites.

  • install safety nets spaced no more than 1.5 millimeters apart in the windows of the house;
  • use a body repellent;
  • wear long clothes;
  • keep doors and windows closed, especially during sunrise and sunset;
  • brush the water and food bowls of the animals, keep them dry and clean;
  • kept the bins closed;
  • cover containers where water can be stored, including basins and water tanks;
  • fill pots and pots with sand;
  • always keep your home clean and free of materials or debris that could store water;
  • always keep gutters clean;
  • leave the drains clean and spread the sieve;
  • If you have symptoms similar to dengue fever, Chikungunya or Zika, find your nearest health unit and contact your doctor.

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