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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - As summer heats up, the Brazilian Ministry of Health has alerted that there is an increased risk of dengue outbreaks from March onward.

All nine states in the Northeast are at risk, as well as Espírito Santo and Rio de Janeiro. The high temperatures and heavy summer rains help to spread the mosquitoes that carry the disease.

Although not in the official danger zone, the city of São Paulo recorded an increase of 2,769 percent in the number of dengue cases in only one year, according to a survey released on Wednesday, January . . .

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