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May 1, 2008
Brazil Has Large Dengue Fever Outbreak

Brazil is experiencing a large outbreak of dengue fever this year. As of March 28, health authorities have reported at least 120,570 cases, including 647 cases of dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) and 48 deaths. As of April 10, Rio de Janeiro has had 75,399 cases of dengue fever, including 80 confirmed deaths. The Ministry of Health is working with the state government and armed forces in a crisis office. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising travelers to Brazil to take appropriate precautions to protect themselves from mosquito bites.  See http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/contentDengueTropicalSubTropical.aspx.

For information on reporting dengue cases and shipping specimens, see http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/dengue/dengue-hcp.htm.

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