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Hospitals collapsing in Brazil due to Dengue. Countermeasures in Italy

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Hospitals collapsing in Brazil due to Dengue.  Countermeasures in Italy

Dengue Epidemic in Brazil Sparks Alarm as Infections Surpass 740,000

The ongoing Dengue epidemic in Brazil has reached a critical point with infections surpassing 740,000 and a significant increase in deaths compared to the previous year. According to the Ministry of Health, the number of infections in the first weeks of 2024 has already exceeded the total cases recorded in 2023, with 151 deaths reported so far (compared to 118 in all of 2023).

The situation is most dire in the state of Minas Gerais, which has the highest number of infections at 258,194, followed by Sao Paulo and the Federal District. The increase in cases has prompted several states to declare a state of epidemic emergency, including Acre, Espírito Santo, Goiás, Paraná, Santa Catarina, and Rio de Janeiro.

In the capital city of Brasilia, healthcare facilities are struggling to cope with the influx of Dengue patients, leading to a collapse of public and private healthcare services. Governor Ibaneis Rocha has declared a healthcare crisis in the Federal District and announced the hiring of 651 healthcare workers to address the escalating situation.

Meanwhile, in Italy, where the situation is currently under control, Minister of Health Orazio Schillaci emphasized the importance of remaining vigilant and prepared. As of February 2024, there have been 48 confirmed cases of Dengue in Italy, all of which were imported. Vaccinations against Dengue have also started at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases “Spallanzani” in Rome for individuals planning to travel to endemic areas.

The global impact of Dengue, considered the most important mosquito-borne disease in the world, highlights the need for continued monitoring and prevention efforts to address the growing threat posed by the virus. As temperatures rise and the risk of contagion increases, health authorities and the public must remain vigilant to prevent further spread of the disease.

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