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dengue fever epidemic declared in Rio de Janeiro, no need to panic

dengue fever epidemic declared in Rio de Janeiro, no need to panic

Río de Janeiro

The authorities of Rio de Janeiro have just declared a dengue epidemic in the city, something of an annual event.

This year’s epidemic seems of a smaller scale than in preceeding years:

  • 12 deaths have been registered as well as 50,000 cases. Readers of this blog will remember previous epidemics with hundreds of deaths and hundreds of thousands of cases.
  • the declaration of the epidemic comes at the end of April, when the rainy season is coming to an end and the number of cases drops drastically.

Should you cancel your trip to Rio because of the dengue epidemic? In questions of health we’ve always believed that everyone should make their own mind based on their tolerance to risk. To those affected, it doesn’t matter much whether the number of victims is large or tiny. We personally wouldn’t cancel our trip to Rio but like I’ve just pointed out, that’s a decision based on our own personal tolerance to risk – which might be different from yours.

We encourage you to read 10 facts about dengue fever in Brazil, a text we wrote with the help of a medical specialist on the issue. After reading the text, you’ll be better prepared to make your own mind.

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Rio de Janeiro on the verge of its worse dengue fever epidemic in history

Rio de Janeiro on the verge of its worse dengue fever epidemic in history

Rio de Janeiro’s mayor has just made a worrying announcement. This coming summer Rio is to face its worse dengue fever epidemic in history. The conclusion was reached through the comparison of current and old data. So far this year, and long before the summer months when most cases are recorded, Rio has seen 160,000 cases of dengue fever with 121 deaths.

An informed traveler is the best possible traveler and for that reason we want to refer you once again to our blog post 10 facts about dengue fever in Brazil. It was written with the help of a medical specialist on the disease and it contains information on dengue fever.

Thinking of cancelling your trip to Rio because of the upcoming dengue fever epidemic? We don’t feel you should necessarily do that. Get the information and understand the risks associated to dengue fever before you take such decision.

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CDC: reliable health information for travelers to Brazil

CDC: reliable health information for travelers to Brazil

Even if you are not an American citizen, the US government’s CDC website should be your starting point for any consultation on health issues related to your upcoming trip to Brazil. You will find the information under the section Health Information for Brazil.

It contains thorough, reliable and up-to-date information on all health issues, including a section on vaccines and another section on items you might want to bring with you on your trip.

Whenever a new fact emerges the CDC releases a travel notice. On the last few days there have been notices on yellow fever, dengue, H1N1 flu and measles.

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May 24, 2010 | By More
dengue fever is back

dengue fever is back

On 10 facts about dengue fever in Brazil, our main entry devoted to dengue fever on this blog, we explained how the dengue epidemic coincides with the rainy season. What with the rainy season well under way, dengue is back to the headlines: Risco de dengue deixa em estado de alerta 17 capitais, diz ministério. Alert on 17 capitals due to the risk of dengue fever. Among the capitals mentioned there are plenty of important tourist destinations such as Aracaju, Belém, Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Fortaleza, Maceió, Manaus, Natal, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador de Bahía, São Luís, Recife or Vitória.

Our advice:

  1. Do not panic. Dengue fever is endemic. It appears every year in most of the country.
  2. Be informed. Read 10 facts about dengue fever in Brazil to know more about the disease and to learn how to prevent becoming a victim of dengue fever.
  3. When you reach your destination, seek up-to-date information locally. There isn’t a single online source with up-to-date information on dengue fever on all the destinations mentioned above.

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Swine flu / A (H1N1) in Brazil

Swine flu / A (H1N1) in Brazil

updates:

  • from 1 January 2010 till 3 April 2010, 50 deaths resulting from the disease.
  • 29 Oct 2009, 1368 deaths resulting from the disease.
  • 23 Sep 2009, 1047 deaths resulting from the disease.
  • 16 Sep 2009, 899 deaths resulting from the disease.
  • 10 Sep 2009, 731 deaths resulting from the disease.
  • 02 Sep 2009, 657 deaths resulting from the disease. Continues discrepancies between the death toll figures issued by the governments of the different Brazilian states and the Ministry of Health means I will no longer update the tally for individual states. A very clear picture has emerged where the southern states are, by far, the most affected by the flu epidemic.
  • 31 Aug 2009, 575 deaths resulting from the disease.
  • 27 Aug 2009, according to official figures, the number of new cases of swine flu is decreasing throughout the country. The 1st week of August registered 1,578 serious cases, the 2nd week the number went down to 826 and on the 3rd week there were 273 new cases.
  • 26 Aug 2009, 557 deaths resulting from the disease. Most deaths have occurred in the southeastern and southern states of the country: São Paulo (223 deaths), Paraná (151), Rio Grande do Sul (98) and Rio de Janeiro (55) lead the toll. The number of cases on the north and northeast regions is very small.
  • 21 Aug 2009, 488 deaths resulting from the disease. Florianópolis and 19 other cities from the state of Santa Catarina declare emergency status due to the advance of swine flue.
  • 20 Aug 2009, 404 deaths resulting from the disease.
  • 18 Aug 2009, media reports fall in the number of influenza A cases attended at São Paulo hospitals.
  • 18 Aug 2009, 379 deaths resulting from the disease.
  • 14 Aug 2009, 339 deaths resulting from the disease.
  • 12 Aug 2009, 274 deaths resulting from the disease.
  • 10 Aug 2009, 191 deaths resulting from the disease.
  • 07 Aug 2009, 167 deaths resulting from the disease.
  • 04 Aug 2009, 129 deaths resulting from the disease.
  • 03 Aug 2009, 92 deaths resulting from the disease.
  • 01 Aug 2009, 76 deaths resulting from the disease.
  • 31 Jul 2009, 68 deaths resulting from the disease. To control the spread of the virus, classes will resume two weeks later than usual in several states, including Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.
  • 28 Jul 2009, 55 deaths resulting from the disease
  • 27 Jul 2009, 45 deaths resulting from the disease
  • 26 Jul 2009, 39 deaths resulting from the disease
  • 24 Jul 2009, 1566 cases of swine fever confirmed and 33 deaths resulting from the disease
  • 22 Jul 2009, 29 deaths resulting from the disease
  • 21 Jul 2009, 20 deaths resulting from the disease
  • 16 Jul 2009, 1175 cases of swine fever confirmed and eleven deaths resulting from the disease
  • 09 Jul 2009, 1027 cases of swine fever confirmed and two deaths resulting from the disease
  • 08 Jul 2009, 977 cases of swine fever confirmed and one death resulting from the disease
  • 06 Jul 2009, 905 cases of swine fever confirmed and one death resulting from the disease
  • 04 Jul 2009, 885 cases of swine fever confirmed and one death resulting from the disease
  • 29 Jun 2009, 627 cases of swine fever confirmed and one death resulting from the disease
  • 22 May 2009, nine cases of swine fever confirmed
  • 09 May 2009, eight cases of swine fever confirmed
  • 07 May 2009, first four cases of swine fever confirmed
  • 05 May 2009, no confirmations or dismissals of suspect cases yet
  • 04 May 2009, no confirmations or dismissals of suspect cases yet
  • 03 May 2009, in spite of repeated claims by the government that the country is prepared to face the flu, not a single suspect case has been confirmed or disregarded yet. We don’t know whether this is due to technical incompetence or deliberate concealment of information

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Up until today, there are no travel restrictions whatsoever imposed on travellers arriving from other countries.

Up-to-date information on ANVISA‘s website, the Brazilian’s government body responsible for disease control. It has a version in English but no up-do-date information can be found on that section.

I’m also adding a link to the US’s CDC website with up-to-date information on the topic:

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