Few cases of malaria reported in state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This year, there have been 17 cases of malaria reported in the state of Rio de Janeiro. The affected municipalities include Miguel Pereira, Nova Friburgo, Petrópolis and Teresópolis. Although the state has been officially declared malaria-free for the past 2 decades, there have been 7 to 8 reported cases in the state every year for the past 3 years.

The risk for exposure to malaria in this state is very low for travellers. However, in more rural areas, precautions should be taken to avoid mosquito bites.

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