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FIFA 2014 Is At a High Risk of Dengue Fever
- Updated: May 17, 2014
Recently, scientists have warned authorities about dengue fever outbreaks in Brazil during the World Cup.
The analysis estimates the chances of an outbreak of the mosquito-borne infection. It was, however, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. However, the risk of dengue fever is low in Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Cuiaba, Curitiba and Porto Alegre. There is some chance of dengue fever outbreak in Rio de Janeiro, Manaus, Belo Horizonte and Salvador. The risk of such endemics is critically high in several venues which include Recife, Natal, and Fortaleza.
Dengue, a viral infection, is transmitted by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. It can be life-threatening and as of now, there’s no treatment for it.
The research team took into consideration the annual rainfall, temperature, population density data and altitude from 1981 to 2013.
Dr Rachel Lowe, who spearheaded the research, noted that even though fears regarding dengue fever in Brazil during the World Cup have made dramatic headlines, yet, these estimates are based on averages of past dengue cases.
A disturbing fact is that Brazil recorded seven million cases of dengue fever which is the highest in the world 2000 and 2013.
The possibility of a large-scale dengue fever outbreak during the World Cup is based on a number of factors that includes a susceptible population, the high mosquito count and a high rate of mosquito-human contact.
The researchers are of the view that pre-knowledge about such a n outbreak can give the local health authorities, the necessary time to implement measures to contain epidemics in their respective areas.
The World Cup 2014 is scheduled from 12th June to 13th July and the matches will be hosted in 12 different cities. About a million fans are expected to turn up for such matches. If anyone returns back home sick after World Cup matches, then, they should seek treatment as fast as possible.