The first weekly epidemiological bulletin from the Minas Gerais State Health Department (SES-MG), with data referring to probable cases of dengue fever, zika and Chikungunya, showed that the numbers continue to increase. Dengue cases are the most worrisome. So far, according to the report, there were 81,456 probable cases of dengue in Minas Gerais. See below the situation in the Triângulo Mineiro and Alto Paranaíba.
The city of Uberlândia is what follows as the most disturbing case of the Minas Triangle. With 9,009 probable cases, the bill is alarming. There are 99 new probable cases for each day of 2019. The city is only behind Betim, in the metropolitan area, which has 9,285 probable cases of the disease.
In addition, in the bulletin of Monday (1st), the Secretary of State for Health (SES-MG) confirmed the second death due to dengue in the municipality of Triângulo in 2019.
To strengthen the fight against the disease, the municipality began to fine property owners with recurrence with outbreaks of dengue.
Last Friday (29), the Epidemiological Surveillance confirmed the presence of dengue virus type 2 in Uberlândia. Isolation exams of the microorganisms were made at the Fundação Ezequiel Dias (Funed) from samples of patients who presented symptoms and were admitted to the health units of the municipality.
The doctor of the Epidemiological Surveillance, Marcelo Sinicio, explained that there are four types of dengue virus: 1, 2, 3, and 4. "By all indications, a large number of people were already immune to type 1 (prevalent in the 2015 and 2016 epidemics). And when another serotype of the virus predominates, the number of people susceptible to the disease increases and a more serious evolution can occur, "he explained.
Sinicio pointed out that when the person presents with risk factors, such as pregnancy, hypertension, diabetes or other comorbidities (simultaneous existence of two or more diseases), the situation tends to be even more serious and even lead to death.
To combat the disease and the proliferation of the mosquito transmitter, the municipality is staffed with five street thermowellers (a type of spray) to fight the epidemic of dengue fever through the smoke. The equipment was purchased by the City of Uberlândia earlier this month along with 4,025 liters of adulticide (specific poison to kill Aedes aegypti in adulthood) and 4,025 gallons of 20 liters of mineral oil for the machines.
The chart below shows the evolution of the disease in some municipalities. To confirm the number by city, simply click on the corresponding line.
Evolution of probable dengue cases in the region
The city of Paracatu, in the state's northwest, also has two confirmed dengue deaths. There are seven confirmed deaths in the entire state and another 29 are under investigation by SES-MG.
Another city in the Triângulo Mineiro with the incidence of dengue considered "very high" by SES-MG is Uberaba. There are already 2,189 probable cases of the disease in the municipality.
Araguari, Frutal, João Pinheiro, Monte Carmelo, Patos de Minas are in the same situation, according to SES-MG. The complete listing of municipalities can be followed through the secretary's website.
Probable cases of dengue in the region – 2019
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|Patos de Minas||1.027|
A total of 966 probable cases of chikungunya were recorded by April 1, 2019. In the last bulletin, this number was 869. Of this total, 36 patients are pregnant, three of them with laboratory confirmation to date. There are no records of deaths caused by the disease.
In the Triângulo Mineiro, Alto Paranaíba and Noroeste regions, 24 cities have probable cases of chikungunya, all of them classified with low incidence of the disease. The number was up from the last bulletin, released on March 25, when 14 cities had cases.
Araguari continues as a highlight. In the municipality there are already 92 probable cases of the disease. In the last bulletin were 76, according to SES-MG. Uberlândia has 25 probable cases of the disease and Uberaba has 13.
Probable cases of chikungunya in the region
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Aedes aegypti is the mosquito that transmits dengue, zika and chikungunya – Photo: Pixabay / Disclosure
Also transmitted by Aedes aegypti, zika has 319 probable cases in 2019. Out of this total, 85 were confirmed in pregnant women, 11 of them with laboratory confirmation so far. Probable cases of zika in pregnant women were registered in 30 municipalities: Uberlândia, with 15 cases (14 pregnant women), Ituiutaba, 8 cases (4 pregnant women), and Uberaba 24 cases (4 pregnant women).
In the last four weeks (24/02/2019 to 03/23/2019), the state of Minas Gerais presented a municipality with an average incidence of probable cases of zika, none with a high or high incidence, 44 municipalities are in low incidence and 808 without record of probable cases of zika.
In all municipalities in the Triângulo Mineiro, Alto Paranaíba and Noroeste de Minas regions where there are probable cases, the incidence is considered "low" by SES-MG.
In 2019, 1,979 samples from 206 municipalities of Minas Gerais were processed for zika. To date, there are seven positive samples for zika from the municipalities of Aimorés, Betim, Gameleiras, Montes Claros, Turmalina and Uberlândia.
Probable cases of zika in the region
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