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8 Jan 2024

Brazil's Dengue Cases May Hit Record 5mn Amid Climate Crisis

The Health Ministry of Brazil warns against a [record surge in dengue cases](https://www.ft.com/content/2f3b9b80-7b9a-42d4-bf7f-ea8492a8da24) due to extreme weather events and the El NiƱo phenomenon. The dengue virus, carried by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, threatens to cause an 'epidemic' in some regions, exacerbated by climate change. Between 2008 and 2017, dengue generated an estimated [$ 6.7 billion](https://data.unicef.org/data-for-action/innovative-methods-for-predicting-dengue-cases-in-brazil/#:~:text=Dengue%20epidemics%20have%20had%20significant,and%20600%2C000%20in%20hospitals) in direct and indirect costs in Brazil.