Major dengue epidemic in Cruzeiro do Sul, Acre, Brazil

The city of Cruzeiro do Sul has a population of approximately 80,000 people, but there have been 25,000 suspected cases of dengue fever reported since March of this year. In this outbreak, almost 1 out of every 5 people in the city has been infected.

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.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Dengue Fever.

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