Dengue fever is spreading throughout Amapa state, but the situation in Oyabock has worsened, forcing federal authorities to declare a state of health emergency in the town bordering Guyana.
Oyaboc, the Brazilian border city with Guyana, on Thursday visited Governor Luis Clécio, who was accompanied by Senator Davi Alcolombre. They pointed out the scale of the health crisis affecting the city, as cases of dengue hemorrhagic fever (a disease transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito) are increasing. Malaria also exists and causes havoc within communities.
The two elected officials signed the health emergency decree It has launched a certain number of control methods including increasing care units and health professionals to curb the epidemic. Vaccination procedures will also be intensified.
At the same time, city cleaning operations will be carried out in order to effectively combat larval breeding sites in public and private areas, especially in private homes. Food parcels will also be distributed in Indigenous villages They are already facing great difficulty because they are deprived of cassava resources destroyed by pests, their staple food and their main economic income.
Such an outbreak of dengue fever has not occurred since 2019 in Oyabuki, which has the highest rate in the entire state of Amapa. A man died on January 10 from dengue hemorrhagic fever.
In Amapa state, dengue cases increased by 493% last January. It ranks sixth at the national level.
Brazil is facing a very strong epidemic with more than 200,000 cases recorded, which, according to the Ministry of Health, represents an increase of 243% since the beginning of 2024.
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