Brazil’s dengue fever cases down 46.3%

Brazil’s number of dengue fever cases in the first seven months totaled 406,883, down 46.3 percent year-on-year, Brazil’s Health Ministry announced Thursday.

According to the ministry, from January to July, in addition to the Federal District, a total of 20 Brazilian states registered a reduction of dengue fever cases. The state of Rio de Janeiro, where the fever claimed 174 lives last year, posted the sharpest fall of 95.9 percent.

In the northeastern states of Rio Grande do Norte and Sergipe, the dengue fever cases also went down drastically by 93 percent and 90.4 percent year-on-year, respectively.

Meanwhile, a total of 166 people died of dengue fever in Brazil, down 63.2 percent from the same period the previous year. Moreover, the number of people in serious condition fell by 79.2 percent year-on-year, numbering 4,281.

In an attempt to further reduce the number of dengue fever cases, the Health Ministry has launched a campaign to inform the public of preventive measures.



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