Leishmaniasis in Porto Alegre, Brazil

Following the death of a 2 year old child in Morro Santana due to leishmaniasis, health authorities have expressed concern regarding the risk of this infection in communities surrounding the city of Porto Alegre. Dogs are often carriers of this illness, and 23 out of 100 stray dogs in the area of Morro Santana were found to be positive.

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Advice For Travellers

While the risk of exposure to leishmaniasis for visitors to the city of Porto Alegre is low, travellers to this region can minimize their risk of exposure to leishmaniasis by taking all necessary precautions to avoid sand fly bites.