Objective: To describe the characteristics of the dengue epidemic in Pinhalzinho, Santa Catarina, Brazil, and to investigate the effects of climate variables on Aedes aegypti mosquito infestation. Methods: This was an ecological study using data on dengue cases, hospitalizations and deaths in 2015 and 2016; in addition to climate variables and Aedes aegypti breeding grounds from 2015 to 2018. Results: In the 2015-2016 epidemic, the dengue incidence rate was 12,695.2/100,000 inhabitants. Higher incidence was registered in the female sex (13,926.4/100,000 inhabitants) and in the 50 years and over age group (17,162.0/100,000 inhabitants). Average temperature and relative humidity showed a positive relationship with increase in Aedes aegypti breeding grounds. Conclusion: Dengue incidence during the epidemic was the highest ever recorded in the country. Climate conditions must be considered when planning vector control and dengue prevention actions.
Andrioli, D. C., Busato, M. A., & Lutinski, J. A. (2020). Characteristics of the dengue epidemic in Pinhalzinho, Santa Catarina, Brazil, 2015-2016. Epidemiologia e Servicos de Saude, 29(4). https://doi.org/10.5123/S1679-49742020000400007