World Cup city gripped by dengue fever

Jun 01, 2014, 09:05 IST | AFP

Rio de Janeiro: The Brazilian city where Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and Nigeria's John Mikel Obi will train for the World Cup is in the grip of a crippling dengue fever epidemic.

Cristiano Ronaldo will train in Campinas
Cristiano Ronaldo will train in Campinas 

Workers in Campinas have embarked on a huge operation to eradicate mosquitoes, which spread the disease, before the Portuguese and Nigerian teams arrive.

Some 32,384 people have been infected by dengue this year in the southeastern city about one hour from Sao Paulo. At least three people have died. "It's a record epidemic.

It's bigger than the 11,500 cases registered in all of 2007," said Andrea Von Zuben, who coordinates the Campinas dengue control program.

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