Dengue in Brazil

This item appears on page 20 of the May 2008 issue.

In Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro state, in the first three months of 2008 about 33,000 people had contracted dengue fever and 48 had died, more deaths than in all of 2002, the last year that Rio had a dengue epidemic.

Most have been in urban areas, not rural. While the incidence of Dengue is down throughout Brazil, it is up in Rio.