Dengue is transmitted by the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito | Photo: Pixabay/Disclosure
The city of Barbacena, in Campo das Vertentes, declared a public health emergency due to the rise in cases of arboviruses – dengue, zika and chikungunya. The measure was published in the Official Gazette of Barbacena this Saturday afternoon (February 3) through decree nº 9,532.
The decision came one day after Barbacena confirms the first death from dengue in 2024, in an official statement this Friday (2). According to the municipal executive, the victim, a 54-year-old man, died on January 29th. The positive test for the disease was issued by the Ezequiel Dias Foundation (Funed).
“The emergency decree is of great importance, especially when comparing it to last year,” informed the city hall. Barbacena reported, throughout 2023, 423 cases of arboviruses, of which 177 were confirmed. This year, in the month of January alone, 76 confirmed cases of arboviruses have already been recorded, in addition to 169 suspicious notifications and one death with a positive test for dengue.
In an emergency situation, Barbacena will be able to speed up the processes for acquiring inputs and materials for the medical treatment of patients. The city council stated that, in addition to the decree, it is complying with a series of actions to combat dengue, zika and chikungunya.
“Like inspections; visits to homes, open areas or abandoned properties; cleaning in public areas or vacant lots; collection of scrap or other materials deposited on public roads; educational campaigns; among other measures that aim to reduce cases in Barbacena,” he said in a note.
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