Brazil steps up dengue early detection plans:
This article was originally published in Clinica
The Brazilian healthcare foundation - Fundacao Nacional de Saude (Funasa) - last week launched a campaign to improve the early detection of dengue. The initiative involves training more than 80 doctors in the early diagnosis of the disease and for these to, in turn, train another 620. Detection of dengue in its initial stages is crucial in avoiding its development into the second, potentially fatal haemorrhagic phase of the disease (see Clinica No 1001, p 14). Brazil's dengue control programme is backed by funding totalling R$1bn (US$252m).