By Arkady Petrov
SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Two months after the end of summer, the disease is still a concern in Brazil: from the beginning to the last day of the year, the total number of recorded cases was 432 percent higher than during the same period in 2018.
The rise was from 144,000 probable cases of infection to 767,000 suspected cases. Deaths from the virus also increased from 88 to 222 – the majority (80) in São Paulo. The number of infected individuals exploded in twenty states and the Federal District.
The Health Secretariat of São José do Rio Preto, in São Paulo state, confirmed, on June 7th, the 12th dengue-related death in the city, this year. The victim is a 66-year-old woman who died on May 10th.
The municipality reported 21,836 confirmed cases of the disease and ranks as the leader in the number of cases in the country. With 3,943 cases still under investigation, it surpassed neighboring Bauru, which has 19,993 cases, but a greater number of deaths: 21 confirmed deaths.
Both cities have recorded the worst epidemics in recent years. Despite the recent cold weather, dengue deaths continue to be confirmed in the interior of São Paulo. By May 15th, there were 158,151 cases and 83 deaths throughout the state, according to the State Health Department.
In Campinas, with the confirmation of the death of a 55-year-old man from the virus, the number of deaths has risen to four this year. The city ranks third in the number of cases recorded in the state, with 18,515 confirmed by June 3rd.