According to the latest epidemiological bulletin published by the State Department of Health (Sesapi), a considerable increase in dengue fever cases in Piauí has been confirmed. The increase in cases is 221.6% compared to the same period in 2021. While in 2021, during this period, 41 municipalities had reported 334 probable cases of the disease, in 2022 there are already 67 municipalities reporting 1074 probable cases of the disease.
Five municipalities in Piauí had a higher incidence of cases, these are Curimatá; São Pedro do Piauí; Antonio Almeida; Avelino Lopes and Curralinhos. And so far, the year 2022 has recorded one death from confirmed dengue fever. The Secretary of State for Health Florentino Neto points out that the increases recorded in the latest dengue epidemiological bulletins attract the attention of the State leadership and reinforce the importance of preventive measures.
“Dengue fever is already well known to us, but we cannot overlook the prevention measures we already have against it. It is important to keep in mind that this is a disease that requires care and that preventing the development of mosquito vectors is one of the main ways to reduce cases of the disease, “explains the Secretary.
The entomology supervisor at Sesapi, Ocimar Alencar, points out that the participation of the population is essential for the situation to be reversed and for the State to reduce the figures presented each epidemiological week.
“We have an epidemiological increase in cases every week that lights an alert. Our teams stay in contact with the municipalities and verify adaptation strategies. At the same time, we ask the population to maintain their role of taking care of their domestic environment, avoiding places conducive to the development of the vector,” he says.
Also according to the supervisor, most of the breeding sites detected by the towns of Piauí are in domestic environments, which reinforces the need for more intense preventive care on the part of the population.
CASE OF CHIKUNGUNYA:
In addition, the bulletin also presents epidemiological data on Chikungunya fever, where the state records a 662.5% increase in new cases compared to the same period in 2021. São Pedro do Piauí; Oeiras; Saint Julien; Curralinhos and Porto Alegre do Piauí are the municipalities with the highest incidence of cases. Still on Chikungunya fever, the state has not recorded any deaths from the disease since 2018 when 06 deaths from the disease were recorded.