Outbreak of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in Minas Gerais, Brazil

Health officials in the state of Minas Gerais are reporting an outbreak of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, known locally as febre maculosa. In the last 4 days, four new cases bring the total to 15 cases in this outbreak.The cases have occurred sporadically in several towns and cities, including Tombos, Divinópolis, Chiador, Belo Horizonte, Antônio Dias, Senador Modestino Gonçalves, and Mathias Barbos.

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Advice For Travellers

The risk of exposure for the general traveller is low. However, travellers should be aware that Rocky Mountain spotted fever has been found from southern Canada, the USA, and northern Mexico to Costa Rica, Panama, Brazil, and Argentina. It is transmitted through the bite of infected ticks. Travellers can reduce the risk of exposure to this infection by avoiding tick habitats such as woods, fields and forests whenever possible. Daily tick checks and prompt removal of an attached tick will help to reduce the risk of infection.†