Number of dengue cases in RJ in 2024 is already 12 times higher than last year
The number of dengue cases in RJ in 2024 is already 12 times higher than last year. This Wednesday (31), the State Department of Health released data on the disease: 17,437 cases in the first four weeks of January compared to 1,400 in the same period last year.
This year, two people died from dengue fever in the state — a 98-year-old woman, in Itatiaia, and a 33-year-old man, in Mangaratiba.
Of the 92 municipalities in Rio de Janeiro, fourteen have an incidence rate above 500 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants. The highlights are Itatiaia, Cambuci, Resende and Piraí.
To try to contain the spread of the disease, the state government has the “Against dengue every day”. The promise is to reinforce the fight against mosquitoes and improve patient care in health units.
“We are seeing an anticipation of the seasonal dengue period. We know that it happens more or less in April and May of each year, we have this increase in cases, we are seeing this in advance”, said the superintendent of Health Surveillance, Luciane Velasque.
The secretariat also says that, if necessary, 160 beds in 9 reference hospitals in the state can be converted to treat dengue fever, as was done during the Covid pandemic.
Abandoned water park
Residents of Vargem Grande, in the West Zone, report that a water park is abandoned and could serve as a focus for the disease. Rio Water Planet has a lot of still water in the pools and slides.
O RJ1 has already shown the precarious situation of the park a few times in recent years.
Rio Water Planet was opened in 1998 and became a rage among Rio residents — it covers 400,000 m² at the foot of the Pedra Branca Massif.
In 2018, the place was closed by court order, following an eviction action due to non-payment of 4 years of rent.
Thousands of people live around the park. They say that the neighborhood has always had a lot of mosquitoes, but that the situation has worsened and dengue cases have increased.
“A year ago it has gotten worse,” says José Jacaré, a refrigeration technician.
“The cases of dengue fever in the community are increasing every day”, says retiree Maria Bonfim.
Regarding the situation at the water park, the Municipal Health Department stated that it monitors the site and carries out inspections every 15 days. The last one, according to the secretariat, was on January 25th.
He also said that, in addition to treatment with larvicide, the water deposits received fish that prey on larvae.
O RJ1 was unable to contact the owners of the former Rio Water Planet.