Brazil: 122,000 cases of chikungunya reported until June



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The Brazilian Ministry of Health reported in its June 2022 epidemiology bulletin that there were 122,075 probable cases of chikungunya until mid-June this year.

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This is a 94% increase over the same period in 2021.

The Northeast region had the highest incidence (175.7 cases/100,000 population), followed by the Midwest region (28.8 cases/100,000 population) and North (26.6 cases/100,000 population). /100,000 inhab.).

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The municipalities with the highest number of probable chikungunya cases are: Fortaleza/CE, with 10,029 cases (371.0 cases/100,000 inhab.), Juazeiro do Norte/CE, with 3,748 cases (1,346, 9 cases/100,000 inhab.), Salgueiro/PE, with 3,163 cases (5,138.0 cases/100,000 inhab.), Palmas/TO, with 3,130 cases (998.9 cases/100,000 inhab.) and Brejo Santo/CE with 3,081 cases (6,138.1 cases/100,000 inhab.).

So far, 23 deaths have been confirmed in the states, with Ceará concentrating 78.2% (18) of the deaths. It should be noted that 50 deaths are under investigation in the country.

Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. It causes fever and intense, often disabling joint pain. Other symptoms include muscle aches, headaches, nausea, fatigue, and rashes.

The disease shares some clinical signs with dengue and Zika, and can be misdiagnosed in areas where they are common. As there is no cure, treatment is focused on relieving symptoms.