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Oropouche fever in Bolivia and Brazil

11 Apr 2024

Public health authorities in Bolivia and Brazil continue to report cases of Oropouche fever.

In Bolivia, Irupana, Cajuata and Chulumani municipalities in La Paz have reported 74 confirmed and suspected cases. Beni region has reported 53 cases.

In Brazil, there have been 9 cases in Valença and Laje, Bahia State.

Oropouche fever is an infection spread by the bites of midges and mosquitoes. Symptoms typically start 4-8 days after being bitten, and can include fever, chills, headache, muscle and joint pain, dizziness, stomach pain, vomiting, rash, or sensitivity to light.

Recovery usually occurs after a week and severe illness is rare. There is no vaccine or specific treatment for Oropouche fever. 

Advice for Travellers

If you are travelling to an affected region you are potentially at risk of Oropouche fever and should be aware of this infection.

If you are unwell during or after travelling to an affected area, you should seek medical advice as soon as possible and give details of your recent travel history.