Dengue cases detected in Brazil between January 1 and August 24 reached 1,439,471, which is about seven times more than in the same period of 2018, when they had been 205,000, the government said Wednesday.
According to the Ministry of Health, in addition to the marked increase in the number of cases, in the period analyzed there were 591 deaths due to this disease, compared to 139 that were recorded throughout the past year.
Also, the statistic detected a sharp increase in the cases of chikungunya and zika, which are also transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
In relation to Chikungunya, the cases until August 24 reached 110,627, compared to 76,742 in the same period last year, with 57 deaths, which contrast with the 15 of all 2018.
On Zika, the Ministry of Health indicated that the number of cases reached 9,813, compared to 6,669 between January and August last year, with two deaths confirmed in 2019.
The authorities explained the increase in the number of cases, which reveals a greater presence of the transmitting mosquito, in what they have considered as an "association of factors".
Among them, the Ministry of Health especially cited a "high volume of rainfall and high temperatures" recorded so far this year, which favor the reproduction of Aedes aegypti.
He also claimed that dengue and mosquito-borne diseases have expanded this year "throughout the Americas."
However, the highest incidence of the disease recorded this year in the period analyzed has occurred in regions far removed from the extensive land borders of Brazil.
The state with the most dengue cases so far this year has been Minas Gerais, in the southeast of the country, with 471,165 patients.
It was followed in that statistic by Sao Paulo, also in the southeast region, with 437,047, and Goias, in the center-west, with 108,079.
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