RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Officials in the Mato Grosso do Sul capital of Campo Grande called a health emergency because of a dengue outbreak, as Mayor Alcides Bernal said the city has to take “urgent measures” to contain the epidemic.
The local Health Department reported that 9,320 dengue cases have been diagnosed in January.
Bernal said it’s the biggest epidemic ever experienced in Campo Grande, which has a population of about 786,000.
Meantime, officials in the state of Paraná, which borders Mato Grosso do Sul, also declared an emergency after they confirmed 1,269 cases of dengue.
An emergency decrees allows hospitals to hire doctors and buy medical supplies without having to follow all of the required procedures. Officials also have increased the number of mobile clinics to deal with the growing number of cases.
The symptoms of dengue, which is carried by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, are high fever, massive headaches and bodily pain. The symptoms are the same for dengue hemorrhagic, but the latter is more deadly because it can cause internal bleeding, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
[EFE (Brazil), 22/01/2013; Veja (Brazil), 22/01/2013; Paraná Online (Brazil), 22/01/2013]