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Brazil surpassed five million probable cases of dengue fever this year

Brazil surpassed five million probable cases of dengue fever this year

The infection rate per 100,000 population is 2,511.9 cases and the death rate is 4.83

Official sources indicated that Brazil exceeded five million possible cases of dengue fever this year, and despite the decline in cases of the epidemic, 2,827 deaths due to the disease have been recorded since January.

The historic annual numbers were recorded in less than six months, according to the epidemiological bulletin issued by the ministry, which estimates the number of possible cases at 5,100,766 in 2024.

The report adds that the infection rate per 100,000 population is 2,511.9 cases and the death rate is 4.83.

Another 2,712 deaths are being investigated, so the death toll may be much higher.

So far, the record number of cases was recorded in 2015, when it reached 1.6 million, while the year with the highest number of deaths was 2023, when 1,094 people died.

Brazil, like all Latin American countries, suffered the worst dengue epidemic in its history this year, which is attributed to climate disruption caused by the El Niño phenomenon, which led to higher temperatures and increased precipitation in almost all regions of the country.

Since February, the Brazilian government has distributed dengue vaccines through the public health system, but due to the small number of doses available, it was initially limited to children and adolescents.

But it later raised the minimum age to 59 years due to the low response of citizens to vaccination.