Dengue Epidemic Hits Tourism in Rio

Travel Blog  •  Jim Benning  •  04.17.08 | 11:19 AM ET

Since January, more than 70,000 people have been infected with dengue fever in the Brazilian state of Rio. At least 80 people have died. Now, the growing health crisis is “taking a toll on tourism,” reports the International Herald Tribune. A number of foreign embassies have warned citizens about the outbreak, including the U.S. Embassy.

News accounts indicate that two Portuguese tourists contracted dengue during a visit.

Particularly frustrating: The IHT reports that “public officials have been slow to react, in part because no one could decide whether the mosquito was a city, state or federal issue.”

Dengue fever is spread through mosquito bites.

As we’ve noted, scientists predict global warming will lead to an increase in outbreaks.

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