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There isa serious outbreak of Dengue Fever in Rio de Janeiro

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There isa serious outbreak of Dengue Fever in Rio de Janeiro

Didnt know if this is of any importance to any travellers...im still going Rio but will be using extra bug spray -

source - http://www.fco.gov.uk/

Dengue Fever is endemic to Latin America and the Caribbean and can occur throughout the year. In 2008, an increase in cases has been reported from several states of Brazil compared to 2007. In the state of Rio de Janeiro there is a serious outbreak of Dengue Fever, with over 32,000 cases reported between in the first three months of 2008. This represents 38% of all cases reported in Brazil in that period (source: Brazilian Ministry of Health). The Brazilian military have set up field hospitals to help treat sufferers in a bid to relieve related overcrowding in public and private hospitals.

There is no vaccine to protect against Dengue Fever and you should therefore use mosquito repellent regularly and cover up with suitable clothing to avoid being bitten. Symptoms of Dengue Fever usually begin 7 to 10 days after being bitten and include high fever with aching joints and bones and a headache. If you develop these symptoms you should consult a doctor. You should bring mosquito repellent with you, as this product is currently in short supply in Rio de Janeiro.

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1. Re: There isa serious outbreak of Dengue Fever in Rio de Janeiro

But these mosquitos are active during the day. With temps in the low 80s F what is suitable clothing to cover up in (without succumbing to heat stroke)?

Yes, the last epidemic was in 2002. According to the Brazilian newspaper A Noticia, this year there has been 1 death in every 805 cases, whereas in the last one it was 1 in 3167.

Anybody want to try those odds in Vegas?

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2. Re: There isa serious outbreak of Dengue Fever in Rio de Janeiro

If your Portuguese is up to it, here is an interesting article, noted by a sufferer on another Brazil forum, about a homeopathic remedy for dengue that has apparently become popular recently in Brazil, according to the article with good result.

…yahoo.com/s/09042008/11/saude-dengue-homeop…

To translate a bit to English....... the homeopath suggests taking the recipe to a homeopathic pharmacy to be made up in pills, capsules or drops. For prevention, the article says take one 3 times daily; for those with the disease 3 every 2 hours, lessening the frequency as the symptoms lessen.

Just thought this was interesting. I am not a doctor. I am not a medical professional of any kind. I am not recommending anyone take this stuff. I am not commenting one way or the other on the efficacy of homeopathic treatment for anything.

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