Chikungunya and dengue fever have increased in 2016 in Paraiba, Brazil

Since January, there have been 44,014 people infected with dengue fever and 7 confirmed deaths, and 20,501 people infected with Chikungunya and 28 confirmed deaths in Paraiba, Brazil. Dengue fever is up 66.4% over 2015’s number of confirmed infected people.

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Advice For Travellers

The absence of reports from other areas does not mean that there is no dengue fever transmission there. The risk of exposure will vary from place to place and may be high in many localities.

All 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 dengue or chikungunya 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.