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Increase in cases of dengue, zika and chikungunya reported in Brazil

Increase in cases of dengue, zika and chikungunya reported in Brazil
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March 21 |

The increase in cases of dengue, zika and chikungunya led the Brazilian government to install an Emergency Operations Center on Monday to monitor serious cases and deaths from the disease.

Cases have increased exponentially in recent months and the country has already recorded more than 70 deaths and a 97 percent increase in chikungunya cases compared to 2022.

Brazil is experiencing an exponential increase in cases of the three diseases transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. This year, dengue cases increased 43.8 percent during the same period.

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More than 301,000 suspected cases of dengue were reported in the first three months of 2023, surpassing the 210,000 cases in the same period of 2022.

Chikungunya, meanwhile, recorded 43,000 infections since the beginning of the year and one death was confirmed as a result. The number of chikungunya cases for the first quarter of the year increased from 883 in 2022 to more than 1,000 in 2023.

All three diseases are transmitted by the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito and have common symptoms, such as high fever, body pain and malaise. To prevent them, it is recommended to avoid the accumulation of water in different containers and to prevent the mosquito from reproducing.

In an interview to Brasil de Fato, the physician of the family health strategy in Pacatuba, Ceará, and member of the National Network of Women and Popular Doctors, Adam Valente, alerted the need to go to the doctor when symptoms such as pain behind the eyes, fever, headache, body pain or lack of energy appear.

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140: this is the number of countries that recognize the Palestinian state

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Sweden was the last country in the European Union to recognize the Palestinian State, on October 30, 2014.

Three years earlier, on January 30, 2011, it had been done by Cyprus, a member of the European Union since 2004.

The recognition by Sweden in 2014 opened the debate between the EU member states and several legislative chambers approved resolutions to urge their governments to officially recognize Palestine as a state, including the British parliament, the Irish Senate, the Congress of Deputies in Spain or the French Assembly.

On December 17, 2014, the European Parliament (EP) joined the recognition of Palestine, by supporting a joint resolution of the majority political groups that won 498 votes in favor, 111 against and 88 abstentions.

The other six EU countries that have recognized the Palestinian State are the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Poland and Romania.

They all did it days after, on November 15, 1988, the Palestinian National Council proclaimed in Algiers the establishment of the state of Palestine, while accepting UN Security Council resolutions 242 and 338, which meant recognizing Israel’s right to exist.

Six of those countries then belonged to the Soviet bloc, including the Czech Republic and Slovakia, then united in a single country, Czechoslovakia.

In the year following its proclamation, the Palestinian State was recognized by ninety countries and in 1995 the number already exceeded one hundred.

Cuba, then also a Soviet ally, and Nicaragua were the first Latin American countries to recognize Palestine as a state, in 1988. Currently, 24 Latin American countries recognize it, all except Mexico and Panama.

The last to do so was Colombia, on August 8, 2018.

The Bahamas, on May 8, was the last country to formally recognize Palestine as a State and its right to “self-determination.” Shortly before, Trinidad and Tobago (May 3), Jamaica (April 24) and Barbados (April 21) had done it.

Among those who do not recognize the Palestinian state, in addition to countries of the European Union such as Germany, France or Italy, the United States, the United Kingdom or Australia stand out.

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Among the twelve sanctioned companies, which will freeze their assets in China, are several of the Lockheed Martin group, in addition to Javelin Joint Venture, Raytheon Missile Systems and General Dynamics Ordnance, among others, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported in a statement.

The Chinese government has reiterated on numerous occasions its opposition to the sale of weapons to Taiwan by Washington, which in turn also sanctioned on May 1 hundreds of companies, including several Chinese companies, which it pointed out for helping Russia in its war against Ukraine.

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The Princess of Wales still can’t resume her official agenda

The Princess of Wales, Catherine, who is currently undergoing preventive oncological treatment, will not yet be able to resume her official agenda, as indicated by Kensington Palace, her official residence.

The news was released during the presentation of a report on the foundation that it supports and with which it is about giving priority to the mental health of children under five years of age.

For his part, a spokesman for Kensington Palace told the BBC that “the princess is not expected to return to work until her medical team authorizes it.”

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Since then, there has been no official statement about the state or treatment of Prince William’s wife.

Like Catherine, King Charles III undergoes oncological treatment.

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