Ribeirão Preto registered, in May, 46 confirmed cases of dengue. The information was released by the Department of Health Surveillance, an agency of the Municipal Health Department.
In comparison with the same period last year, when 806 cases of the disease were registered, there was a reduction of 94.3% of people infected by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
The accumulated result for the year accounts for 255 cases in 2021, compared to 17,343 between January and May 2020 — 98.5% drop in the number of cases of the disease. Occurrences in the city have been falling since April of last year. “Eighty percent of cases are in people’s homes and, therefore, awareness among the population is essential. Each resident must take care of their yard, eliminating sources of stagnant water so that the mosquito does not develop. Therefore, in addition to our activities, we really need the participation of the population, cleaning their own homes”, guides the Secretary of Health, Sandro Scarpelini.
The director of the Health Surveillance Department, Luzia Márcia Romanholi Passos, asks the population to inspect their homes weekly, eliminating any source of standing water. “The population’s awareness and help are essential for disease control. Therefore, we ask city dwellers to eliminate mosquito breeding sites, cleaning their yards weekly and eliminating standing water, an ideal environment for Aedes to grow. Only then will we be able to win this battle in the city”, warns the director.
Chikungunya, Zika virus, microcephaly, H1N1 flu and measles
In the case of chikungunya, there was no confirmation of the disease in May 2021. As for microcephaly or other neurological disorders possibly related to Zika virus infection, a suspected case was registered in May this year, but not confirmed. Regarding Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (flu caused by the Influenza virus), no case and no deaths were confirmed in the month. There are also no registered measles cases.
Information from the Municipality of Ribeirão Preto.