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Health warns of the spread of Oropouche fever in the country

Data released on Tuesday (14) by the Ministry of Health show that cases of Oropouche fever are spreading across Brazil. The country currently has 5,102 cases of the disease, 2,947 in the Amazon and 1,528 in Rondônia.

The remaining cases were registered or are under investigation in Bahia, Acre, Espírito Santo, Pará, Rio de Janeiro, Piauí, Roraima, Santa Catarina, Amapá, Maranhão and Paraná.

The data was updated until March 15th.

“For a few weeks now, it has been spreading to other regions of Brazil. We are not just in that concentration in the North Region, which was the first moment. We believed it would be concentrated, but we saw that there was a spread”, warns the Secretary of Health and Environmental Surveillance at the Ministry of Health, Ethel Maciel.

“We introduced surveillance for this new disease, we created guidelines for clinical observation. We didn't have any manual or protocol for Oropouche fever. We distribute the tests to the entire Lacen network [laboratórios centrais] and, therefore, we are able to capture and make the correct diagnosis for this disease. We are closely monitoring and better understanding this new arbovirus”, he explains.

Most cases of Oropouche fever in the country have been diagnosed in people aged between 20 and 29 years. The other age groups most affected by the disease are 30 to 39 years old, 40 to 49 years old and 10 to 19 years old.

Source: CNN Brasil

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