Mem Inst Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro, 112(9) September 2017
Short communication

Increased number of deaths during a chikungunya epidemic in Pernambuco, Brazil

Carlos Alexandre Antunes de Brito1+, Maria Glória Teixeira2

1Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, PE, Brasil
2Universidade Federal da Bahia, Instituto de Saúde Coletiva, Salvador, BA, Brasil

Page: 650-651 DOI: 10.1590/0074-02760170124
574 views 351 downloads

In early 2016, it was suspected that there were more deaths in Pernambuco than in previous years during an epidemic of chikungunya. This study tested whether there was an increased number of deaths and, if so, whether this increase could be related to a chikungunya epidemic. Indeed, there was an increase of 4235 deaths in 2016 compared to the average of the four previous years, and the highest differences were found during the peak period of the epidemic. It was evident that not all of these deaths could be attributed to complications of chikungunya. However, considering the temporal overlap, some of these deaths may have been caused by the aggravation of pre-existing comorbidities or complications caused directly by chikungunya virus infection.

+ Corresponding author:
Received 31 March 2017
Accepted 19 May 2017

Our Location

Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz

Av. Brasil 4365, Castelo Mourisco 
sala 201, Manguinhos, 21040-900 
Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

Tel.: +55-21-2562-1222

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Support Program

logo fiocruz logo governo
logo faperj logo cnpq marca capes