According to the Epidemiological Surveillance of Araraquara, the year 2022 (until Wednesday March 16) records 986 confirmed cases of dengue fever in the municipality. There were 138 cases in January, 539 cases in February and 309 in March. This year’s rate is much lower than that recorded in 2019, when the town was facing an epidemic. At that time, 23,134 cases were recorded over the whole year and 16,911 between January and March. However, this year’s rate is higher than that recorded for the whole of 2021. This week, three dengue fever deaths were recorded in Araraquara.
The symptoms of dengue fever are fever, body aches, headache, pain behind the eyes and spotting on the body. When the patient is treated, he must bring his identity card, his SUS card and proof of residence with postal code.
The Municipality of Araraquara says it has intensified the inspection and elimination of breeding sites, as well as the application of insecticide with coastal fogger and smoke bomb in areas of disease transmission. This Wednesday (16) and Thursday (17), the districts of Altos do Pinheiros, Victório de Santi, Iguatemi and Centro receive the Endemic Disease Control Officers, from the Epidemiological Surveillance, who carry out home inspection work in House.
The service consists of blocking the breeding sites of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits dengue fever and other diseases such as zika, chikungunya and yellow fever, in addition to prevention instructions. The districts of Adalberto Roxo, Melhado and Suconasa receive smoke on these dates, while Vila Xavier will have fog with coastal machines.
In February alone, according to Epidemiological Surveillance, dengue control teams collected 21 tonnes (21,000 kg) of unusable materials from the homes visited. These are objects and other waste which were not used by the resident and which have been removed with the authorization of the owner of the house.
On average, 30,000 households are visited per month. In half of them, the work is not finished for lack of authorization to enter. Crews even work extended hours (night shifts) and Saturday shifts.
The irregular disposal of garbage, solid waste, bulky (sofas, armchairs and mattresses) and fires in urban and rural areas cause damage to health and the environment. Complaints to official bodies can be made by calling 0800 770 1595.