Dengue fever triples in Paraíba, Brazil; chikungunya also present

Reported cases of dengue fever have tripled across the state compared to last year. This year there have been more than 35,000 suspected and confirmed cases. However, only 3 deaths have been registered. In addition, a small number of people infected with the chikungunya virus (16 cases) has also been reported from various municipalities (Pombal, Alhandra, Campina Grande, Umbuzeiro, Coremas, João Pessoa, Rio Tinto, Cachoeira dos Índios, and Cajazeiras.

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All travellers to areas where both the dengue fever and chikungunya fever 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 of both diseases in the community than the reports indicate.

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