The cases, according to the victims, occurred during the carnival celebrations in Recife and Olinda. According to the SES, 157 of the total number of patients who visited the health unit, a reference in the treatment of infectious diseases, 157 post-exposed prophylaxis (PEP) to prevent HIV infection.
All victims were shown. The remaining 116 people refused to take a quick test, a prerequisite for the use of preventive drugs, or have already passed a 72-hour post-exposure period.
Despite this, the SES informs that the rate of transmission of HIV through nettles with infected needles is considered low, with an average of 0.3% of cases.
According to the secretariat, everyone will be monitored by the hospital or health units of the municipalities of Sao Lorenzo da Mata, in the Great Recife; Caruaru and Pesqueira, in Agreste and Serra Talhada, in Sertão.
Two men are suspected of injuring mosquitoes during the Carnival at Big Recife – Photo: PCPE / Divulgação
On Monday (11), the Civil Police released the image of the second suspect to injure the needle robbers. The man described by one of the victims appears to be 25 years old and was seen during Sunday (3) in Olinda. Another suspect's speech portrait was released on Friday (8).
On March 5, the State Department of Health (SES) numbered at least ten people who came to the Correa Picanzo Hospital after feeling stings from a needle during a carnival. The next day, the number rose to 25.
The hospital is a reference to the treatment of infectious diseases, and on March 7, there have already been over 100 reports of needle-related attacks.