With the arrival of the tropical summer, dengue fever returns to the headlines. This year’s dengue epidemic is particularly virulent. 2006 registered more than 300.000 cases. This year there have been outbreaks everywhere, with special concern for the one in Campo Grande (Mato Grosso do Sul)
Here I cross-refer you to the text I wrote on disease. And would like to take the opportunity once more to remember to fundamental issues regarding dengue: there is no prophylaxis other than avoiding being biten by the mosquito Aedes aegpyti, carrier of the disease; dengue symptoms appear between three and seven days after the bite, and include discomfort, lack of appetite, headaches and muscular pain, and in the most serious cases, nose bleeding. Red spots on the skin can appear, as well as intense backache.
Visitors to Brazil should try to minimise the risk of mosquito bites by covering up at dawn & dusk, using insect repellent liberally & sleeping under mosquito nets. It is also important for all visitors to Brazil to have travel insurance with comprehensive medical cover.