DOI of the published article https://doi.org/10.5123/s1679-49742020000400007
Characteristics of the dengue epidemic in Pinhalzinho, Santa Catarina, Brazil, 2015-2016
Keywords:Aedes, Climate, Epidemiology, Descriptive
Objective. To describe the characteristics of dengue epidemic in Pinhalzinho, Santa Catarina, Brazil, and investigate the effects of climate variables on the Aedes aegypti mosquito’s infestation. Methods. Ecological study with data on dengue cases, hospitalizations and deaths from the disease, in 2015 and 2016; in addition to the climate variables and the points of Ae. aegypti breeding places, from 2015 to 2018. Results: In the 2015-2016 epidemic period, the dengue incidence rate was 12,695.2/100 thousand inhabitants. The highest incidence registred was found in female sex (13,926.4/100 thousand inhabitants) and in the age groups above 50 years (17,162.0/100 thousand inhabitants). The average temperature and relative humidity showed a positive relationship with the increase of Ae. aegypti breeding places. Conclusion. The incidence of dengue during the epidemic was the largest ever recorded in the country. Climate conditions must be considered when planning vector control and dengue prevention actions.
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