Dengue fever epidemics in Venezuela

Four states (Lara, Portuguesa, Barinas y Trujillo) have declared epidemics of dengue fever. So far this year, there have been 6,185 reported cases in the country. However, 328 of these have been diagnosed as dengue haemorrhagic fever, the more severe form of the infection. There may be many more unreported cases since counting and reporting may be hampered by lack of local access to health care, and many persons with mild illness may not seek health care. Travellers to areas where the dengue fever virus is active can reduce their risk of exposure to dengue fever virus by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

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