Rio May Register Surge in Dengue/Zika Virus Cases

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Health officials in Rio are bracing for a possible increase in cases of patients with dengue fever and the zika virus in September due to the warmer temperatures for the month this year. According to the Rio de Janeiro Health Department the number of people who contracted dengue or the zika virus, both transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, in August 2015 was 87 percent greater than during August of 2014.

The state’s health sub-secretary, Alexandre Chieppe, told reporters that the warmer temperatures expected in September may be . . .

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