The dengue infection is currently spreading at an unusually high rate in Brazil, DPA reported.

In the first two months of the year, 1,017,278 confirmed or probable cases were registered in the South American country, the Ministry of Health announced today.

This is almost five times more than the same period last year, when there were 207,475.

Health authorities have reported 214 deaths, and are currently investigating whether another 687 are linked to the virus infection.

Six states and the capital, Brazil, have declared a state of emergency. 

Heavy rains and high temperatures in recent months probably caused the large increase in the number of infected.

Under such conditions, the species of mosquito that carries the dengue virus can reproduce and develop better.

The massive spread of dengue has also affected other countries on the continent.

At the beginning of the week, the government in Peru declared a state of emergency in most of the country.

The number of cases has also recently increased in Argentina. 

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In order to control the spread of the disease, the Brazilian Ministry of Health organized a campaign and called on people in the country to help fight mosquitoes by drying the breeding grounds.

In addition, a vaccination campaign with a new vaccine against dengue began in Brazil in February, BTA reports.

Dengue infection causes severe pain and is common in the tropics and subtropics.

However, the disease is relatively mild and not everyone infected has symptoms. 

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