Number of dengue deaths in 2023 exceeds deaths in 2022 by 124% | Photo: Reproduction
“The State Department of Health of Minas Gerais (SES-MG) informs that Minas is currently experiencing a dengue epidemic.” It was like this, in one sentence, without updated data and more details, that the department reported that the State is experiencing a new dengue epidemic. According to the arbovirus monitoring panel, there are more than 101,000 probable cases of dengue this year alone.
A week ago, on January 27th, a decree signed by governor Romeu Zema (Novo) placed Minas Gerais in emergency situation due to the increase in dengue and chikungunya cases. “It is authorized, due to the emergency situation, the adoption of all administrative and assistance measures necessary to contain the increase in the incidence of arbovirus cases, in particular the public acquisition of inputs and materials, donation and transfer of equipment and goods and the hiring of services strictly necessary to respond to the emergency situation”, said the text.
On January 23, the Secretary of Health, Fábio Baccheretti, stated that Minas Gerais would experience, for the first time, two consecutive epidemic years for dengue and chikungunya. “The signs show early growth and the forecast is that by March we should see a peak in cases in the State. What we do know is that we will have a difficult year in the state of Minas Gerais”, he warned at the time.
The short sentence from the State Department of Health this Saturday (February 3) does not explain the criteria used by the government to consider the beginning of the epidemic.
The numbers of arboviruses in Minas
The latest data from the State Department of Health is from Friday (February 2). The numbers, however, are out of date, as they do not consider at least three deaths recently confirmed by city halls, such as in Belo Horizonte, Betim and Barbacena.
According to the numbers released this Friday, Minas Gerais has 101,978 probable cases of dengue. The confirmed cases are 36,227. The confirmed deaths, without taking into account those in Belo Horizonte, Betim and Barbacena, are six, while the deaths under investigation total 56.
The dengue deaths confirmed by the State occurred in Arceburgo, Belo Horizonte, Lagoa Santa, Monte Belo, Sarzedo and Sete Lagoas. Among the victims is a child.
Regarding chikungunya, there are 12,609 probable cases and 8,623 confirmed cases. There is one confirmed death from this disease, while seven others are under investigation. The confirmed victim lived in Sete Lagoas.
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