The progression of the disease in Brazil may be linked to an increase in poverty, infectious disease expert points out

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The number of cases registered in the first four months of this year increased by 135% compared to the same period in 2021.

Dengue cases are on the rise in several parts of Brazil
© Authors: Getty ImagesDengue cases are on the rise in several parts of Brazil

The increase in dengue cases in Brazil is due to a socio-economic factorAccording to Alexandre Naime, vice-president of the Brazilian Association of Infectious Diseases. The number of cases registered in the first four months of this year increased by 135% compared to the same period in 2021.

“Two studies published this year have analyzed different cities in Brazil where there is a direct link between declining incomes and an increase in dengue cases.”said Naime CNN Radio. Remember that dengue fever is only transmitted through the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which increases in environments with stagnant water.

The infectious disease expert highlighted a basic hygiene problem that affects several Brazilian families living near rivers. “These people are going to live in places that are unlikely to have good quality basic hygiene, close to riversthey are now unable to clean the house properly and have to collect rubbish or recycled material because they have lost their jobs, ”he says.

A new, more infectious strain of dengue virus was also found in Brazil that is more contagious. “In addition to being more contagious, this variant of the virus causes more serious forms of the disease, with bleeding and a drop in blood pressure,” Naime says. Until then, the position has been confirmed in the country in only one case registered with a resident of Aparecida de Goiânia in Goiás.

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