This Wednesday (31/01), the City of Patos de Minas declared a state of emergency for dengue. The decree is due to the significant increase in cases at the beginning of the year. In practice, the decree allows the municipal government to adopt administrative measures to contain the spread of the disease in the municipality, such as contracting services and purchasing materials necessary to combat the mosquito.
Furthermore, the Municipal Health Department is authorized to combat mosquito proliferation outbreaks, requesting the support of all Municipal Administration bodies.
A Confrontation Center should also be opened. This is expected to happen at the beginning of March and will only address mild symptoms of the disease. To date, there is still no defined location for this center. From the 1st to the 31st of January, more than 900 cases of dengue were reported in Patos de Minas.
After a survey carried out by epidemiological surveillance, the neighborhoods with the highest notifications in the city were Nossa Senhora da Aparecida and Jardim Esperança. Community collaboration is essential to ending aedes aegypti.