Dengue fever has spread during the hot rainy season in Brazil, forcing health authorities to take emergency measures and launch a mass vaccination campaign against the mosquito-borne disease.
The health ministry said 364,855 cases of infection were recorded in the first five weeks of this year, four times more than the number of dengue fever cases during the same period in 2023.
The ministry said 40 people have died due to the rapid spread of dengue fever, while 265 other cases are being confirmed.
Brazil purchased 5.2 million doses of dengue vaccine developed by Japanese pharmaceutical company Takeda, while another 1.32 million doses were made available to the government at no cost, a ministry statement said.
Three Brazilian states have declared a state of emergency, including the second-most populous state of Minas Gerais and the Federal District, which contains the capital Brasília and is facing an unprecedented surge in infections.
Brasília will start vaccinating children aged 10 to 14 from Friday, the local government said yesterday, Wednesday.
Dengue fever cases in the capital – since the beginning of the year – have exceeded the total cases of the disease during the entire year 2023.