With more than 1 million cases, Brazil celebrates ‘D-Day’ against dengue | Health

With more than 1 million cases, Brazil celebrates ‘D-Day’ against dengue | Health
With more than 1 million cases, Brazil celebrates ‘D-Day’ against dengue | Health
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1 of 2 Mosquito that transmits dengue fever — Photo: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/ Unsplash
Dengue-transmitting mosquito — Photo: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/ Unsplash

Brazil has more than 1 million cases of dengue fever and six states in the country (AC, GO, MG, ES, RJ and SC) and the Federal District have already declared a public health emergency because of the disease.

The mobilization will include the participation of states, municipalities, health authorities and society. Based on the theme “10 minutes against dengue”, the Day D seeks to reinforce actions to prevent and eliminate mosquito outbreaks.

“[Será] a moment of attention from the country, of attention from the health authorities, from the Ministry of Health, from very close monitoring of what is happening in the different regions, states and municipalities”, said the Minister of Health, Nísia Trindade, at a press conference in Brasília, this week.

22 years ago, JN showed how to combat dengue, and the guidelines follow the same; remember

Dengue fever only occurs if the Aedes aegypti mosquito is present. This is practically the only way of transmitting the disease that causes repercussions in society.

To avoid it, then, there isn’t much of a secret: we need to eliminate mosquito breeding sites. And the fight depends on everyone, be it society in general, government and health professionals.

According to the Ministry of Health, around 75% of mosquito breeding sites are in homes, such as in plant pots and dishes, returnable bottles, drip trays, defrosting containers in refrigerators, drinking fountains in general and materials in construction warehouses (toilets stored , pipes and others). These breeding sites allow the proliferation of the female Aedes aegypti mosquito (which transmits dengue fever).

“The control is vectorial, we need to combat the mosquito. The population needs to be educated, understand that dengue is a serious disease and we must control the breeding site. Managers need to provide larvicides, fumigation, distribution of insecticides”, says infectious disease specialist Kleber Luz , who is a consultant for the World Health Organization (WHO) and PAHO for the development of strategic guidelines for the prevention and control of arboviruses.

He remembers that dengue kills absolutely healthy people of any age. Therefore, when presenting the first symptoms, the person should seek a health unit for adequate diagnosis and treatment, as the infection can progress quickly and death can occur on the third or fourth day.

2 of 2 Dengue: see what the disease is and what its symptoms are — Photo: Arte g1/Dhara Assis
Dengue: see what the disease is and what its symptoms are — Photo: Arte g1/Dhara Assis

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