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article imageFIFA World Cup organisers warned of dengue fever risk in Brazil

By Kev Hedges     Feb 10, 2014 in Sports
Soccer fans attending the 2014 World Cup in Brazil in June should be aware they run the risk of catching dengue fever, according to a leading expert in tropical diseases in the UK.
Professor Simon Hay, of Oxford University, said the tropical disease could be a problem in at least three of the 12 cities hosting the tournament. Dengue fever is spread by mosquito bites and is a common viral infection in many northern states of Brazil. The symptoms of the fever include headache, pain at the back of the eyes, joint pain and muscular aches.
The three host cities that dengue fever will be most at risk are Fortaleza, Natal and Salvador. Professor Hay said, "Dengue fever could be a significant problem in some of the tournament locations, and preventative measures are needed. Fifa, the Brazilian authorities and the World Cup sponsors must use their influence and experience to communicate the risk."
Mexico is scheduled to play its first game against Cameroon in Natal on June 13, hosts Brazil face Mexico in Fortaleza on June 17 and Spain face Holland in Salvador on June 13.
The United States must also play its first game in Natal when Jurgen Klinsmann's side face Ghana. People heading to areas where dengue fever is an issue should use insect repellents, wear clothing that covers the arms and legs, especially during early morning and late afternoon, and select hotels with screened windows, doors and air conditioning, reports ABC.
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