Dengue fever up 200% in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil

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By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews

The number of dengue cases in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil increased by around 200% in the first half of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019.

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In the first half of 2019, Manaus recorded 173 confirmed cases of dengue, while in the same period this year, 525 cases were reported. This is an increase of 204%.

“The message of our campaign is clear: ‘as long as you care about one danger, you can’t forget the other’, referring between Covid-19 and dengue. And it is a permanent orientation of the mayor Arthur Virgílio Neto, which is to reinforce that the city government, as a public authority, has the duty to carry out actions to fight against the transmitting mosquito, but also to warn that with simple actions, we can prevent the disease ”, he underlined the municipal secretary of Communication, Kellen Veras Lopes.

According to the director of the Department of Environmental and Epidemiological Surveillance (Devae / Semsa), nurse Marinélia Ferreira, the campaign aims to sensitize the manauaras to the importance of maintaining care against mosquitoes. “The breeding sites are usually in the home environment and if we spend more time at home we are even more exposed. It is an alert so that the population pays attention to both the pandemic and other dangers, ”he stressed.

The prevention message is broadcast on television channels, radio stations, newspapers, traditional and LED billboards, viaducts but also on social networks.

The head of the Semsa-linked dengue control center, Alciles Comape, explained that the inspection of residents must be carried out on a weekly basis, since the mosquito’s life is seven to eight days. “By creating this habit, the population strengthens the protection of their homes, ensuring safety not only for the family, but also for the whole community,” he stressed, stressing that during the pandemic, with social isolation it is possible to have a closer look at this home care. “To defeat dengue, it is essential that public authorities and society go hand in hand,” he concluded.

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