With the drop in contamination by Covid-19, what worries the municipalities of the region is dengue fever. There are Confirmed cases so far in Dois Irmãos, Estância Velha, Igrejinha, Ivoti, Montenegro, Novo Hamburgo, Parobé, São Leopoldo and Taquara. It is an infectious disease, transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which causes high fever. As of Friday, Dois Irmãos had received 652 notifications of suspected cases, with 199 tests being analyzed, 241 positive tests and two people hospitalized.
In Novo Hamburgo there is a confirmed case, seven other positive cases in private laboratories awaiting confirmation from the Central State Laboratory (Lacen), responsible for formalizing the data, and seven other suspected cases being analyzed. On the other hand, Estância Velha, which until Thursday had two confirmed cases and 52 suspected cases, now offers an exclusive health service to take care of patients suspected of having the disease.
The Dengue Reference Center was set up because, according to the town hall, there is a tendency for the disease to appear in Vale dos Sinos, and the mosquito, which transmits the virus, circulates from town to town. other. The guidance is that when they feel the symptoms, people seek medical attention.
The service will operate from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Friday, in the building where the Respiratory Reference Center was located, to serve suspected coronavirus patients. The building is located at Rua Adolfo Mattes, 117 (formerly Farmácia Hamburguesa).
For residents with Covid symptoms, the guidance is that they seek out their neighborhood health post. For the coordinator of Health Watch, Eliane Fleck, this change of reference will be in effect as long as there are high rates of dengue fever. The municipality expects that, in the next two months, cases of dengue fever will be highlighted in attendance.
Estância is the second city in the region to create a specific space to assist suspected cases of dengue fever. The first was Igrejinha, who since March 2 has been treating suspected dengue fever cases at the municipal Covid triage unit.
rubble and garbage
Due to the increase in suspected cases, Estância Velha’s health surveillance has intensified a series of actions, including cleaning efforts in neighborhoods with the highest incidence of the mosquito. Garbage collection works began in the Sol Nascente neighborhood, which in two days collected 11 dumpsters, totaling approximately 100 cubic meters of waste. In fact, cleaning spaces remains the most effective strategy to prevent mosquito breeding sites, thereby preventing the spread of the disease.
The larvae of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which also transmits chikungunya, zika and urban yellow fever, need water to thrive. The accumulated volume in a bottle cap is sufficient.
For this reason, in Igrejinha, Saturday was also the day for eliminating mosquito breeding sites. In addition to picking up rubble and unused items, officers guided Cohab from Rua Lauro Rosa to the bridge in the Garibaldi neighborhood. The town, like others in the area, has begun applying and spraying insecticides to control the mosquito’s proliferation.
Learn to identify the symptoms
– High fever, above 38 degrees
– Body and joint pain
– Pain behind the eyes
– Lack of appetite
– Red spots on the body
The infection may still be symptomless and present with mild disease, warning signs, and severity. Usually the first manifestation of dengue fever is a high fever, which starts suddenly and usually lasts two to seven days. The fever is accompanied by headache, body and joint pain, as well as body weakness, weakness, pain behind the eyes and red spots on the skin. Sores and itchy skin may also appear. The severe form of the disease includes intense and continuous abdominal pain, nausea, persistent vomiting and bleeding from the mucous membranes.
What are the red flags?
– Intense and continuous abdominal pain;
– Persistent vomiting;
– Accumulation of liquids;
– Orthostatic hypotension (rapid drop in blood pressure) and/or loss of consciousness;
– Too much sleep (lethargy) and/or irritability;
– Bleeding from the mucous membranes;
The disease is curable, but not by medicine. Normally recovery is spontaneous, as the body eliminates the dengue virus on its own.
Pregnant women, children, and people over 60 are at higher risk of developing complications from dengue fever. The risks increase when there is a chronic disease, such as bronchial asthma, diabetes, anemia and hypertension.
Source: Ministry of Health