Several Brazilian clubs are on alert for a dengue fever outbreak that has affected several players, including several from some of the top teams in the country.
According to elcomercio.pe, three players have been struck by the disease this week alone, including Corinthians’ star striker Paolo Guerrero. The news was confirmed by the club via Twitter:
— Corinthians (@Corinthians) April 14, 2015
The former Bayern Munich player was admitted to hospital on Saturday after showing symptoms of dengue. He is expected to be kept away from the team for between ten and twenty days.
As of now, players are required to use insect repellent during training; the disease is transmitted by the bite of a mosquito. Several clubs have asked health authorities to review their training facilities.
In addition to Guerrero, the sub goalkeeper from Palmeiras, Aranha, and Santos striker Leo Cittadini, have also been infected.
Between January and March 2015, reported cases of dengue increased saw a 240% in comparison to the number of cases recorded in the same three months of 2014. Of the cases reported this year, 132 resulted in death.