Both dengue and chikungunya fever are health risks in Bahia, Brazil

This year, there is a significant increase in the number of suspected cases of dengue across the state. So far, more than 17,000 suspected cases have been reported. The cities that have reported more than 500 cases include Itabuna, Ilhéus, Jequié, Salvador and Jermoabo.

Chikungunya fever is also being reported by as many as 119 municipalities. The total number of reported cases has now reached more than 5,000 cases. The most affected cities include Feira de Santana, Riachão do Jacuípe, and Valente,

These infections are not evenly distributed across the state. However, both are transmitted by infected mosquitoes. Travellers to areas where these viruses are active can reduce their risk of exposure by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Many persons with these infections 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.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Chikungunya Fever and Dengue Fever.