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Brazil breaks record with more than 2 million dengue cases this year alone

Brazil breaks record with more than 2 million dengue cases this year alone

628 deaths from the disease have already been confirmed

Brazil surpassed 2 million dengue cases in 2024, according to data from the country's Ministry of Health, a new record as long as records exist.

The country has had 2,010,896 probable and confirmed cases since January. There are 628 confirmed deaths due to the disease and another 1,042 deaths under investigation.

This number is the highest recorded in the entire historical series carried out by the Ministry of Health, which has been collecting data since the year 2000.

Dengue fever is on the rise in the country, but in 2024 infection numbers broke records, and according to Brazilian health authorities, the number of cases increased due to the introduction of new versions of the virus in the country and the impact of climate change, which was exacerbated by the effects of El NiƱo.

The mortality rate for the total number of possible dengue cases in the country is 0.03% in the first 11 weeks of this year. The death rate for the total serious cases is 3.86%.

350 municipal and 11 state emergency decrees have been published due to dengue in Brazil.

The country began a vaccination campaign against dengue fever last February with the Japanese vaccine Kodinga, becoming the first country in the world to provide a dengue vaccine through the public health system, although the small number of available doses and low demand limit its application.