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Water Crisis in Brazil May Have Led to Dengue Increase

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The water shortage crisis in the Southeastern region has created another type of disaster, according to Brazilian health officials. With the campaigns to save and store available water, the incidence of people contracting dengue, a disease transmitted by mosquitoes, has surged. In January and February of 2015 the Health Ministry registered over 174,000 cases of dengue in the country, an increase of 139 percent over the first two months of 2014.

According to Brazil’s Health Minister, Arthur Chioro, the inadequate storage of water may be one of the . . .

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