BH confirms dengue epidemic after increase in confirmed and verified cases

BH confirms dengue epidemic after increase in confirmed and verified cases

To date, 1,952 cases of dengue fever have been confirmed in Bosnia and Herzegovina | Photography: Amira Hessa/PBH

The city of Belo Horizonte has entered a dengue epidemic scenario due to the high number of confirmed cases and those under investigation. This is what City Hall reported on Wednesday (February 7). To date, 1,952 cases of dengue and three deaths have been confirmed, in addition to 151 cases of chikungunya.

The latest data indicates that the infection rate currently stands at about 484.6 cases per 100,000 people. The World Health Organization considers rates of more than 300 cases per 100,000 people to officially constitute an epidemic.

Starting Thursday (February 8), PCR test samples for the diagnosis of dengue, chikungunya and Zika will begin to be processed in the Molecular Biology Sector of the Municipal Reference Laboratory of Belo Horizonte (PBH). ). The strategy is to accelerate results and ensure treatment and care. The capacity is 200 tests per day, and this quantity will be increased gradually.

For the Health Secretary of the Municipality of Belo Horizonte, Danilo Borges Matias, even though it is in an epidemic situation, the municipality continues to provide assistance to people and expand its capacity to provide services, but the cooperation of the population in Aedes prevention measures is essential. Mosquito.

“We are monitoring the situation in the capital daily, the number of confirmed cases and the pressure on care in the health units of the SUS-BH network that care for people with symptoms of dengue fever,” he explained. “But I stress once again that everyone’s help is required to remove inside homes the containers that are potentially infected.” “Water accumulates in it and can encourage mosquito breeding.”

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The Municipal Health Department has an arbovirus control plan that is being activated gradually, based on the current epidemiological scenario of the city.

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