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Health officials in São Paulo, Brazil reported 139,400 dengue fever cases, including 58 deaths through the beginning of December this year.

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Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection causing a severe flu-like illness and, sometimes causing a potentially lethal complication called severe dengue.

Brazil has reported more than 916,000 total dengue cases and 230 deaths to date.

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In addition, the Health Department of the State of São Paulo reports 14,300 chikungunya cases and six fatalities. Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. It causes fever and severe joint pain, which is often debilitating. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue, and rash.

13 Zika cases were reported in the state. No deaths were reported.

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Zika virus is transmitted via the bite from the Aedes mosquito. The World Health Organization says protection against mosquito bites during the day and early evening is a key measure to prevent Zika virus infection. Special attention should be given to the prevention of mosquito bites among pregnant women, women of reproductive age, and young children.