Emergency Operations Center will monitor dengue cases in Tocantins

Emergency Operations Center will monitor dengue cases in Tocantins
Emergency Operations Center will monitor dengue cases in Tocantins

To expand and speed up the organization of surveillance strategies, given the increase in dengue cases in Brazil, the Ministry of Health installed, this Thursday (1st), an Emergency Operations Center – COE Dengue. The announcement was made by Minister Nísia Trindade during the opening of the Tripartite Intermanagers Commission (CIT), in Brasília (DF), reinforcing that the action will be coordinated with states and municipalities. The measure allows for a thorough, yet agile, analysis of data and information to support decision-making and definition of appropriate and timely actions to deal with cases.

“The message is one of national mobilization, of joining forces with states and municipalities. For a Brazil united against dengue. Since November, we have been taking a series of actions to monitor the progress of the disease. We have the SUS, with all its capillarity, the Community Health Agents and Agents to Combat Endemic Diseases. It is a government movement, but we also need the support of society”, highlighted the minister.

The speech by the Minister of Health reiterates the coordination, by the department, of a series of preparatory activities for the 2024 seasonality. Since last year, the federal government has been constantly monitoring and alerting regarding the situation of arboviruses in Brazil, calling society, joining efforts and working to raise awareness of prevention measures throughout the national territory.

In 2024, to date, Brazil has recorded 243,721 probable cases of dengue, with 52,069 cases in epidemiological week 1 (31/12 to 6/1), 63,995 in week 2 (7 to 13/1), 79,872 probable cases of dengue in week 3 (14 to 20/1) and 47,785 cases in epidemiological week 4 (21 to 27/4). The data comes from the Ministry of Health’s arbovirus case update panel. In Tocantins, this year, 624 probable cases of dengue were recorded.

With the activation of the COE, the Ministry of Health will expand monitoring of the situation, with an emphasis on dengue, to guide the execution of actions aimed at epidemiological, laboratory, care and vector control surveillance. Action planning and coordinated response will be carried out jointly with states and municipalities and in an interministerial manner.

Find out more about the package of strategies to combat the spread of arboviruses, including the dengue vaccine

The importance of endemic agents in the fight against dengue

Aedes aegypti uses all types of containers capable of accumulating water to lay their eggs. Some are known: disposable bottles and packaging, cans, plant pots, tires and plastics. But there are places that mosquitoes often use to breed and that are unknown to people. This is where the work of Agents to Combat Endemic Diseases (ACE) comes in. In Tocantins, 1,378 agents are active in the task force against dengue.

“These professionals who work on the front line to combat mosquitoes are trained and qualified to detect risks from vectors for their own residents and the community, guiding families and visiting homes one by one. Nobody wants their home to be a risky place. Therefore, it is important to open the doors to this protection service”, highlights the Secretary of Health and Environmental Surveillance, Ethel Maciel.

People with chronic illnesses, pregnant women, children under 2 years old and elderly people over 65 years old are more susceptible to complications from dengue, chikungunya and zika. If you have one of these profiles, you must take extra care to combat mosquitoes: keep the water tank tightly closed, store tires in covered places, clean the house gutters well, tie garbage bags well and do not accumulate rubbish, empty bottles PET, pots and vases, put sand in plant pots, and welcome health workers.

Symptoms and prevention

The symptoms of dengue, chikungunya or Zika are similar. They include an abrupt onset of fever accompanied by headache, body and joint pain, prostration, weakness, pain behind the eyes, rash and itching on the skin, red spots on the body, as well as nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. The Ministry of Health’s guidance is for the population to seek the health service closest to their home as soon as the first symptoms appear.

Ministry of Health

The article is in Portuguese

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