Major increase in dengue fever cases in Itajaí, Santa Catarina, Brazil

In the past 3 months, the total number of suspected cases of dengue fever has reached at least 2,300 cases in the municipality of Itajaí. 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.

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