Dengue fever in Brazil - summary

The following states continue to report high levels of transmission of the dengue fever virus:

  • Paraíba - municipality of São José dos Campos.
  • São Paulo - affected municipality Ribeirão Preto.
  • Mato Grosso - high level of transmission with at least 16 deaths; Campo Grande registered at least 28,000 cases this year.
  • Rio Grande do Norte - 10 deaths out of 62.773 cases; affected municipalities include Natal, Mossoró, Currais Novos, Pedro Avelino and Jardim do Seridó.
  • Minas Gerais - at least 57 deaths in Belo Horizonte.
  • Piauí - at least 10 cities on epidemic alert, including Milton Brandão, Pedro II, Monsenhor Hipólito, Alvorada do Gurgueia, Regeneração, Lagoa do São Francisco, Bonfim do Piauí, Buriti dos Montes, Pio IX and Cocal; 1 death registered in Teresina.
  • Amazonas - municipality of Manaus reports more than 8,200 cases.
  • Paraná - 59 municipalities at risk.
  • Pernambuco - fourth highest number of cases in Brazil.

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Advice For Travellers

The risk of exposure to dengue fever virus is widespread in Brazil. The risk of exposure will vary from place to place and may be high in many localities.

The absence of reports from other states does not mean that there is no dengue fever transmission there.

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.