Ten fold increase in dengue fever cases in Brasilia (Federal District, Brazil)

Reported cases of dengue fever in Brasilia (Federal District) have increased almost ten times compared to last year. As of December 3rd, there have been 11,618 reported cases. Nationwide, there have been almost 1.5 million cases reported. It is estimated that there might be as many as 10 unreported cases for every reported one.

Many cases of dengue fever are not reported. Counting and reporting cases may be difficult due to lack of local access to health care. Many persons with mild illness do not seek health care. 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.

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