Big year for dengue fever in Brazil
Nationwide, there were more than 1,350,000 reported cases of dengue fever in the first 6 months of this year, or more than double the number registered in all of 2014. In the north, the states of Tocantins, Acre and Pará have recorded the most cases.
The state of Mato Grosso has recorded 21,574 cases and as many as 10 deaths due to dengue. In Minas Gerais, more than 18,600 cases occurred through the beginning of August this year.
All travellers to areas where the dengue fever virus is active can reduce their risk of exposure by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Many persons with dengue fever do not seek medical care and are not reported to health authorities. There may be many more cases in the community than the reports indicate.