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Covid-19 has a new ally in northern Brazil: dengue fever

A study found that individuals previously infected with dengue fever were more likely to develop symptomatic cases of Covid-19

dengue Close shot of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito. Photo: Hlung Center/Shutterstock
Close shot of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito. Photo: Hlung Center/Shutterstock

Earlier this year, the Amazonian state of Acre struggled with a series of calamities. Located on the border with Bolivia and Peru, the region faced skyrocketing Covid-19 numbers, an outbreak of dengue fever, a migrant crisis at the Peruvian border, as well as record-shattering floods.

A recent survey shows that 130,000 people have been affected by the floods, with nearly 1,400 families left homeless. By February, dengue fever cases in 2021 were 574 percent above last year’s levels, and authorities report cases of patients simultaneously contracting dengue fever and Covid-19

A study by the University of São...

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