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Adam
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11/05/2002
18:19:48
Subject: Dengue Fever in Rio?
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Can any cariocas tell me if Dengue fever is still infecting
people in Rio, and if so, is it as bad as it was earlier this year?


Jennifer Grant
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11/05/2002
19:48:05
RE: Dengue Fever in Rio?
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Yes, Dengue Fever is a very big problem right now. If you can read in portuguese, you can go to the O Globo (newspaper of Rio) website and read alot of information about it at www.oglobo@globo.com.br. since they have a side-bar section. Viva Rio just did a large training of volunteers to pass out literature in the favelas about the disease.You can e-mail Alberto at alberto@vivario.org.br to learn more, but you need to write in portuguese. If you want more info in english, call the atlanta center for disease control. I'm sorry, I don't have the # available, but information probably has it or any doctor's office which does travel vaccinations (there isn't one for Dengue, but the office would have the center's phone #).



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11/06/2002
02:57:09
RE: Dengue Fever in Rio?
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Dengue always comes with the summer, and since it just started the infections will start soon.


Jennifer
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11/06/2002
06:23:15
RE: Dengue Fever in Rio?
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Read the capa (cover) of O Globo on the internet today 11/6. The headline reads: "Rio has more dengue mesquitos than in 2001".


Maia
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11/06/2002
12:28:09
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From reading articles in the papers here in Hawaii where the islands of Maui had some Dengue cases, it appears that there are 4 types of Dengue fever. Once you have any one of the four you are immune for life from another episode of that particular strain.

Perhaps the favelas of Rio have more mosquitos from more "standing" (still) waters and the separator of who gets mosquito bitten and who then contracts the disease from those who do not contract the disease may well rest in ones internal immune system necessarily bolstered by good nutrition and good health. Perhaps either one or both of these criteria are deficient in the disease victims in the favelas due to the economic status of some or many of the inhabitants.

Spilling over standing water can do a lot in the fight against Dengue or just getting/contracting the disease itself, laying down for a few days in a "wiped out" state if one is healthy enough to survive and then "voila"-- lifetime immunity (until the next strain invades Rio).

Does anyone know if there is more than one strain of Dengue in Rio or Brasil?

Some believe that taking medications before or during the contraction of Dengue (and many other health conditions) only serves to weaken the "host" the person struggling to remain or get healthy. Drugs are known to suppress the immune system, put the controlling nervous system in dis-array, and suppress symptoms without actual restoration to health or normal function.

Sadness for the Dengue human fatalities, nothing can make up for that. But does drugs, crime, and lack of sanitation and nutrition push a higher "toll" on the Cariocas of the favelas or the neighborhoods of Rio and its visitor destinations?


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