The state of São Paulo, Brazil, struggles to control dengue fever

Dengue fever is widespread in the state of São Paulo, and it is estimated that every minute 2 more people are diagnosed with this infection. It is also estimated that there is 1 death every 24 hours (99 in total this year through the end of March). In the first 87 days, there were almost 260,000 reported cases (more than the total for all of last year).

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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