Brazil: Dengue cases increase by 35% since the beginning of the year

25 March 2022

The Brazilian Ministry of Health reports a 35.4% increase in dengue cases in the first two months of this year compared to 2021, with 30 deaths and 128,379 cases registered, according to the report. The municipalities with the most probable dengue cases were Goiânia, Brasília, Palmas, Sinop and Aparecida de Goiânia.

 

Consequences for travelers

Protect yourself optimally around the clock (24/7) against mosquitoes (see factsheet mosquito and tick bite protection): during the day against dengue, chikungunya, Zika and other viruses, at dusk and at night against malaria if you are in a risk area. If you have a fever: take medication containing the active ingredient paracetamol and make sure you drink enough fluids. Do not use any medicines containing the active ingredient acetylsalicylic acid (e.g. Aspirin®), as this can increase the tendency to bleed in the case of a dengue infection (see also factsheet dengue). During stays in malaria areas, malaria should always be ruled out by means of a blood smear if the fever is >37.5 °C. Visit a medical facility to do so (see also factsheet malaria).

 

References

Outbreak News Today, 25.3.2022