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Drought blamed for upsurge in dengue fever in Brazil
Drought blamed for upsurge in dengue fever in Brazil

Brazil's armed forces have joined the battle against an outbreak of deadly dengue fever in São Paulo, South America's largest city, a jump blamed in part on the severe drought and water crisis plaguing the region. The virus, spread by mosquitoes, resulted in 132 deaths across Brazil in the first 12 weeks of the year, the government said, compared with 102 during the same period in 2014. The uptick in confirmed cases in São Paulo has been far greater: 20,764 through April 11 this year versus 7,126 in the same period last year. The spread of dengue is usually associated with heat and the rainy season, since the Aedes aegypti mosquito often comes in contact with...

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