Chikungunya case confirmed in Greater Florianópolis in 2024

Chikungunya case confirmed in Greater Florianópolis in 2024

municipality BalhokaIn Greater Florianópolis, the first case has been confirmed Chikungunya In 2024. The Ministry of Health reported this Thursday (4) that a man has been diagnosed with the disease transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

A sample of the larvae of the Aedes aegypti mosquito that transmits chikungunya – Photo: Leo Munhoz/ND

The man is 24 years old, lives in the Arerio da Formiga neighborhood, and does not have any comorbidities. Balhoca's Minister of Health, Rosine Horacio, commented that the ministry was already following the case.

“The case was already listed as suspicious and was confirmed on Thursday. The patient is still under observation and has reportedly not left the city in recent weeks.”

The Ministry of Health says it is on high alert to combat the spread of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which also transmits dengue fever. Both diseases, along with Zika, can lead to serious complications.

Symptoms of the disease

The Ministry of Health confirms that the main symptoms are high temperature, headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pain, and others. If you develop any of these signs, it is important to immediately go to a healthcare facility for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Chikungunya prevention

According to Dive (State Epidemiological Surveillance Directorate), the best way to avoid diseases transmitted by Aedes aegypti is to eliminate places with stagnant water. It is necessary to check the places where fluid can accumulate, at least once a week.

The agency explained in a memorandum that “female mosquitoes lay their eggs on the interior walls of containers that contain or can accumulate water.” The mosquito cycle takes about seven days. That's why it's so important to check these places weekly.

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