Major increase in mosquito borne viruses in Recife, Brazil

In just one week, reports of people infected with one of the three mosquito borne viruses (dengue, chikungunya and Zika) increased by 88 percent. So far there have been reports of 744 cases of dengue, 411 of chikungunya and 257 of Zika virus in the municipality of Recife.

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Advice For Travellers

All three viruses (dengue, chikungunya and Zika) are transmitted by the same mosquito. Where outbreaks are occurring, exposure to one or more of these viruses is high. All travellers to areas where these viruses are active can reduce their risk of exposure by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Many persons with dengue, chikungunya or Zika 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.

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