Both dengue fever and chikungunya are increasing in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil

So far, there have been 4,900 reported cases of dengue fever, almost double the number reported last year for the same time period. At least 12 municipalities have reached epidemic levels of the infection. In addition, there have also been 37 reported cases of chikungunya fever.

Travellers to areas where both the chikungunya fever and dengue fever viruses are active can reduce their risk of exposure to these viruses 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 that are not reported.

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