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20 November 2015 Dengue fever increases in São Paulo despite the drought

Winter has reached its end, at least in the southern hemisphere, and although in São Paulo it is only moderately cold, people appreciate the arrival of summer. Summer brings with it heat, the necessary rainfall, and outdoor activities, but also one of the worst threats, dengue fever.

In the first eight months of 2015, dengue fever has already infected over 650,000 people in the state of São Paulo, causing the death of more than 300. The figures exceed any previously known record and position São Paulo as the Brazilian state most affected by the disease, responsible for 30% of the total number of cases on the American continent. The most surprising thing is that this occurs in the midst of the most serious drought in memory. It seems contradictory, but it isn’t. 

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6 February 2015 Learning from adversity

When I began to write this blog one year ago, I did so talking precisely about the water crisis that São Paulo was experiencing and what, in my opinion, were the true causes of the situation. I am talking in the past because the crisis phase is already behind us, and what we are experiencing now is much worse. It is a situation of general emergency. To summarize, out of the four main systems which supply São Paulo there are two in which the water has gone below the catchment level, and the rest of the water, the so-called ‘dead volume’, is being pumped by means of floating pumps. The rainy season, which is about to end, has only managed to slow down the rate at which the levels are decreasing, but has not at all reversed the trend.

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