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Chikungunya Related Sudden and Unexpected Deaths in Brazil: Is the Worst yet to Come?
Author(s): Silvia Martelo Souza da Fonseca, Fernando Resende de Oliveira and Antonio MosaSilvia Martelo Souza da Fonseca, Fernando Resende de Oliveira and Antonio Mosa
Brazilian citizens and its public health system have been dealing with Aedes aegypti and dengue for more than a decade now. More recently, Zika and Chikungunya (CHIKV) viruses have arisen, sharing the same vector as dengue. Some reports initially suggested that those new arbovirosis had a better prognosis, but specially (CHIKV) infection is such a young variation of dengue that researches worldwide still need more time to understand its behaviour. The population previously exposed to the virus together with climatic changes and inadequate sanitary situation were favorable for an outbreak and then a decrease in clinical cases in Brazil. CHIKV infection can present with an acute/ subacute phase followed by a chronic condition. The acute phase has shown severe atypical manifestations mainly in people with comorbidities, increasing the risk of death. The objective of this case report is t.. View More»