In addition to dengue fever, zika fever now appears in the state of Pernambuco, Brazil

So far this year, there have been slightly more than 65,000 cases of dengue fever statewide, along with 11 deaths. In addition, the first 4 cases of zika virus infection have been confirmed in this state.

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Advice For Travellers

Both the dengue fever virus and the zika fever virus are transmitted by the same mosquito. The risk of exposure to both these infections can be reduced 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 in the community than the reports indicate.