Brazil reports more than 1,000 dengue deaths in 2022
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The Brazilian Ministry of Health released the 2022 arbovirus disease figures in a bulletin on January 6 and they show that during the 52nd week of last year, Brazil reported 1,016 confirmed dengue deaths in 2022.
This is the first time that the threshold of 1,000 deaths has been crossed. The previous high was in 2015 when 986 deaths were recorded.
According to the Pan American Health Organization, 239 deaths from dengue fever were reported in 2021.
Of the 1016 deaths, 872 were confirmed by laboratory criteria and 144 by epidemiological/clinical criteria.
The states with the highest number of deaths were: São Paulo (282), Goiás (162), Paraná (109), Santa Catarina (88) and Rio Grande do Sul (66).
Health officials say 109 more deaths are still under investigation.
Officials also reported 1,473 cases of severe dengue fever and 18,145 cases of dengue fever with warning signs during this period.
Regarding dengue cases in Brazil, health authorities have reported that there are 1,450,270 probable cases of dengue in 2022, according to the latest bulletin.
This is a 162 percent increase in cases compared to 2021.
Cities reporting the most cases include Brasília/Federal District, Goiânia and Aparecida de Goiânia.