Written by Amal Allam
Saturday February 10, 2024 01:30 PM
Brazil has launched a dengue vaccination campaign as it deals with a surge in cases, becoming the first country in the world to make the vaccine available through its public health system. Medical Express.
Health officials recorded more than 395,000 cases of mosquito-borne diseases in the first five weeks of the year, four times more than the same period last year. At least 53 people have died of dengue fever in the current outbreak. Authorities are investigating whether the disease was responsible for another 281 deaths.
With the start of the country's famous Carnival celebrations raising fears of a rising epidemic, Health Minister Nicia Trindade of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's government officially launched a vaccination campaign in the capital Brasilia..
“Even if there was no current epidemic, we would have started this vaccination campaign because dengue is a chronic health problem,” he told reporters.“.
The vaccine, called… QdengA Japanese pharmaceutical company, and a shortage of supplies means Brazil will initially only offer it to children aged 10 to 11..
Officials hope to reach 3.2 million of Brazil's population of 203 million by the end of the year, and the government says it is exploring options for producing the vaccine domestically..
According to the World Health Organization, although most cases are mild or asymptomatic, dengue fever, which can cause hemorrhagic fever, affects 100 million to 400 million people annually, the website confirmed..
Brazil's two most populous cities, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, took emergency measures… Dengue fever Before the festival attracts millions of tourists from all over the world.