Brazil on alert over epidemic rates of dengue fever

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A spike in dengue fever is putting hundreds of cities in Brazil on alert. The mosquito-borne disease can cause severe fever, joint pain and even convulsions. CCTV’s Stephen Gibbs filed this report from Rio de Janeiro.

Brazil on alert over epidemic rates of dengue fever

Brazil on alert over epidemic rates of dengue fever

A spike in dengue fever is putting hundreds of cities in Brazil on alert. The mosquito-borne disease can cause severe fever, joint pain and even convulsions. CCTV's Stephen Gibbs filed this report from Rio de Janeiro.

Highlights:

  • One in ten cities in Brazil have declared epidemic-level rates of dengue fever.
  • At least 76 people in Brazil have died of the disease since the beginning of 2015.
  • There is a direct link between how densely people live together in mega cities like Rio de Janeiro and how quickly dengue outbreaks spread.