Unprecedented outbreak of dengue surges across Brazil

March 18, 2024

An unprecedented outbreak of dengue fever is surging across Brazil, as the nation battles an epidemic that is straining resources and spreading well beyond the areas traditionally affected. Reported cases are close to two million so far this year, making it the seventh worst outbreak since 2000, according data from the PAHO. But it is Brazil which is currently being hit hardest, with South America’s largest nation already reporting 1.5 million cases since January. Yet Brazil – home to 214 million – has secured only enough doses to vaccinate 3.3 million people this year. But climate change means the mosquito that spreads the virus can thrive in new territories – bringing dengue with them.