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The metropolitan city of Florianópolis confirms its first case of chikungunya

The metropolitan city of Florianópolis confirms its first case of chikungunya

The disease is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, like dengue fever (Photo: Tania Rigo/Agence Brasil)

The municipality of Balhoca, in Greater Florianópolis, confirmed its first case of chikungunya this year on Thursday (4). The patient is 24 years old and lives in the Arerio da Formiga neighborhood. The case is original, meaning it is located in the same area, as it has not left the city recently.

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The municipal health department said the man had no history of comorbidities and was being monitored. Chikungunya is transmitted by mosquitoes Aedes aegypti, the same as dengue fever. The two diseases have similar symptoms and can lead to serious complications, including death.

Palhoca recorded a case of chikungunya last year, but she was a patient who contracted the disease in Minas Gerais state. In 2023, the entire state of Santa Catarina saw 53 cases of the disease, This is the highest number in the same year since 2016When there were 89 episodes.

The municipality of Balhoca also recorded 14 suspected cases of dengue fever in the first four days of 2024. Last year, Santa Catarina witnessed about 119,000 cases and 98 deaths due to the disease.

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Hey Aedes aegypti It is also a vector for the Zika virus, of which there were no confirmed cases in Santa Catarina last year. In Balhoka, the municipality of Balhoka has been put on high alert against mosquitoes.

Learn about the symptoms of chikungunya

  • Fever higher than 38.5°C;
  • Severe joint pain.
  • Back ache;
  • Body pain;
  • Red rash on the skin.
  • headache;
  • Vomiting and nausea;
  • Retrograde eye pain.
  • sore throat;
  • goosebumps.
  • Diarrhea and/or abdominal pain (gastrointestinal manifestations are more common in children).
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