Dengue fever dogs World Cup

Dengue fever dogs World Cup

The Brazilian city of Campinas – the World Cup base of the Portuguese football team – has had to appeal for government help this week as an outbreak of Dengue fever spirals out of control. According to newspapers, the number of cases in Campinas has reached 3615, with others “under analysis”. Only a few months ago, the city had to call in the army to help contain the spread of the disease. But will this latest spot of bother affect Portuguese squad of World Cup hopefuls? Not a bit, writes Correio da Manhã. “The Portuguese Federation is accompanying the situation but guarantees there is no reason for alarm”.
Said a federation spokesman: “We are in permanent contact with the local authorities, and we have been given guarantees that the situation has been identified and is under control”.
Portugal’s players are due to arrive in Campinas from the United States on June 11.
The city’s Dengue dudgeon has been ongoing for weeks, with the first fatality, a woman in her late 60s, reported last week.
Dengue fever is a mosquito-born disease that generally causes fever, headache, muscle and joint pains. It is not usually fatal.