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https://www.apnews.com/0e6900537abf41348a48fc64c69085ae

Brazil’s health ministry says deaths from dengue fever in the last six months have risen 163% from the same period last year.

The ministry said in a note Monday that heavier rains and higher temperatures have been contributing factors. It added that dengue has cycles and that the numbers of cases were lower the past two years.

I looked up the dictionary but I'm not sure which definition fits the "note" here. Most of the definitions are related to written/printed texts, but then it doesn't make sense if one said "in a note", so I guess note here means something else.

Or does it mean "a brief comment or explanation" (definition 3-b)?

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According to Cambridge dictionary, Note defines as:

"a short letter, or something that you write down in order to remember something."

Example:
note to sb The bank said in a note to investors that the operation would make strategic sense.

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  • thanks but I still don't get it, so the ministry official just wrote information on the paper and that paper is a note? And what exactly does "say in a note to~" mean? I guess the example you gave me and mine were used in the same way, but I still don't fully understood it. – dbwlsld Jul 11 '19 at 4:51
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    @dbwlsld yes, it could be possible. We usually say, "XYZ says in his book", so why not in a note? – Bella Swan Jul 11 '19 at 5:06

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