Chikungunya situation in Brazil – Outbreak News Today
by NewsDesk Laugh
As of November 19, the Brazilian Ministry of Health has reported 170,199 possible cases of chikungunya. The incidence rate is 79.8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in Brazil.
Compared to 2019, there was an increase of 31.5% in registered cases over the same period. Compared to 2021, there was an 80.4% increase in cases up to week 47.
In 2022, the Northeast region presented the highest rate (256.2 cases/100,000 population), followed by the Midwest (36.1 cases/100,000 population) and the North (26.0 cases/100,000 population).
The municipalities with the highest records of possible cases of chikungunya include: Fortaleza/CE, with 20,643 cases (763.6 cases/100,000 population) and Maceió/AL, with 5,693 cases (551.9 cases/100,000 population).
To date, 85 deaths due to chikungunya have been confirmed in Brazil, with Ceara reporting 44.7% (38)
of deaths. It should be noted that 20 deaths are under investigation in the country.
Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes such as Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. It can cause high fever, muscle and muscle aches, and headache. While chikungunya does not often result in death, joint pain associated with the disease may persist for months or years and may become a cause of chronic pain and disability. There is no specific treatment for this infection and no vaccine to prevent it.