Favorite Vacation Destinations Might Include Risk for Dengue Fever

  1. Denge fever reappears in Key West

    Too close for comfort. Vacationing in any of these locations?

    Quote from www.keysnet.com
    With the first case of the mosquito-borne illness dengue fever reported in the Keys since mid-October, Monroe County health officials are warning Key West residents to take precautions.

    The most recent case, reported in a 41-year-old member of the U.S. Navy, was confirmed through lab tests in Miami after the man initially sought treatment from military doctors on April 6.

    Officials believe the case was contracted locally, as the man reported no out-of-country travel in the past year.

    Naval Air Station Key West spokesman Jim Brooks confirmed that the man, whom officials didn't identify, lived in base housing in Key West and that "areas where he lived and worked have been tested and sprayed."
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    Last edit by indigo girl on Apr 22, '10
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  3. by   indigo girl
    Bahamas

    The Nassau Guardian Online Guide

    Quote from www.thenassauguardian.com
    Minister of Health Dr. Hubert Minnis confirmed yesterday that one reported case of dengue fever was discovered in New Providence two weeks ago.

    The last time a case of the virus was reported was in October 2003, when two cases were reported.

    Dengue fever is a viral illness caused by the aedes agypti mosquito, which bites mostly around dawn and dusk. Symptoms include fever, intense headaches, eye pain, rash, joint pain, muscle weakness and sometimes bleeding disorders.

    Dr. Minnis said the ministry was particularly concerned in light of the outbreaks of dengue fever and related deaths unfolding in the Dominican Republic.
  4. by   indigo girl
    Dominican Republic

    More deaths due to dengue in Dominican Republic - DominicanToday.com

    How can a drought cause an increase in the disease? The people have to store water, and the mosquitoes will bred in standing water.

    Quote from www.dominicantoday.com
    Nearly 2,000 cases of dengue fever have been registered in the Dominican Republic this year, 291 of which were the hemorrhagic kind which caused the death of at least 14 people.

    According to Health Minister Nelson Rodriguez, the country could have more dengue cases in 2010 than last year's 8,800. A total of 52 died of the disease in 2009.
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  6. by   indigo girl
    Queensland, Australia

    H5N1: Australia: Queensland Health fears new dengue outbreak

    Quote from crofsblogs.typepad.com
    Two women were diagnosed with type two dengue in Townsville last week - both cases were locally acquired.
    Several people contracted the same strain of dengue in Tully, in the far north in March.

    "Hopefully in the next week or two we'll know whether these cases are linked and whether they're linked to any of our imports that we've had or to the Tully cases, much more likely that that's resulted from new importations, because this is happening all the time," he said.

    "People are coming back sick from other countries and they don't necessarily get tested."
  7. by   indigo girl
    Quote from SuesquatchRN
    Here is their update:

    Dengue Update

    Quote from www.cdc.gov
    More than 40% of the world’s population lives in dengue endemic areas and as many as 100 million people a year become infected. Each year there are an estimated 500,000 cases, mostly children, of the potentially deadly dengue hemorrhagic fever.

    This bulletin is the first of what will be periodic reports on dengue. Our purpose is to provide you with concise, informative updates on global efforts to prevent dengue, and particularly the role of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in those efforts. In this inaugural issue, we focus on the threat of dengue to the United States.

    Dengue is now more common than malaria among travelers returning to the United States from the Caribbean, South America, South Asia and Southeast Asia.The vectors of dengue are found as far north as New Jersey and Chicago, a range that could increase as the climate warms. Equally important to the direct threat is the enormous economic burden dengue puts on America’s allies and trade partners.

    U.S. outbreaks. Not only do Americans travel to endemic countries but citizens from endemic countries come to the U.S. Because the mosquito vector is common in parts of the U.S., an infected traveler can touch off localized dengue outbreaks. Most recently, this happened in Key West, Florida during summer, 2009. In 2005, it was estimated that as many as 1250 dengue infections occurred in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas, including the first locally-transmitted case of classic dengue hemorrhagic fever. In a 2001 epidemic on Maui, Hawaii as many as 40% of the residents of some towns became infected.

    U. S. Territories. Puerto Rico has experienced dengue since the 18th century. The entire population of the island, four million people, is at risk. In non-epidemic years 2,000 – 3,000 cases may be detected, but during epidemic years, as in 2007, it can be more than 10,000. The American Virgin Islands, Guam, Northern Marianas, and American Samoa are at risk for sporadic dengue outbreaks.

    Transfusion-associated dengue risk. Not everyone infected with dengue will have symptoms and, consequently, the virus can be transmitted via blood transfusion or organ transplants. In Puerto Rico, about 1 in 600 blood donations was found to contain virus during the 2007 epidemic, 1 in 1300 during a non-outbreak year. Sensitive, inexpensive tests are not yet available for screening donated blood either in endemic areas or in parts of the mainland most likely to have donors returning from endemic places.

    Travel-associated dengue among U.S. residents. Americans frequently travel for business or pleasure to dengue endemic places in Asia and Latin America, and every year hundreds return infected with dengue. We know that travel-related dengue cases are underreported. Beginning in 2010, dengue will be a nationally reportable disease in the United States.
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  8. by   rholman
    I learned about this disease tonight in Micro.... wow, I can't wait to share this information with the class next week. Very scary!
  9. by   indigo girl
    Quote from rholman
    I learned about this disease tonight in Micro.... wow, I can't wait to share this information with the class next week. Very scary!
    Micro was my favorite class! I envy you. We live in interesting times...
  10. by   indigo girl
    Cancun, Mexico

    http://crofsblogs.typepad.com/h5n1/2...-outbreak.html

    Quote from crofsblogs.typepad.com
    Via El Universal, a discouraging report for Mexico's tourism industry:

    Quintana Roo state faces a serious outbreak of dengue, four times more than last year, with 241 cases so far in 2010. Cancun is the city with the highest percentage of mosquito sources.

    In this situation the secretariat of health has announced a sanitary alert and called on the general public to take part in the struggle against this disease, which is viral and contracted through the bite of Aedes aegypti mosquito, according to Sal Badillo Perry, chief of health services in the state.
  11. by   indigo girl
    Dengue Fever In Florida Portends A Growing Problem

    Dengue Fever In Florida Portends A Growing Problem : NPR

    I think, this is going to be a problem in the US soon...

    Quote from www.npr.org

    The first cases in the recent outbreak occurred last summer and fall. In August, a New York woman recently back from a Key West vacation came down with the characteristic dengue symptoms-fever, wicked headache, chills, muscle and joint pain, and bloody urine. An alert doctor in Rochester, N.Y., diagnosed dengue fever.

    Around the same time, the virus showed up in a woman and a married couple in Key West, none of whom had traveled to areas where dengue is common.

    These cases triggered an investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Florida health officials. That uncovered 23 more cases in Key West last summer and fall. Everyone recovered.

    Taking the probe another step, the CDC did blood tests on randomly selected Key West households for antibodies to dengue virus, a marker of past infections. Out of 240 people tested, five percent had evidence of recent infection.

    The outbreak has subsided, but the virus is still around. On April 9, a 41-year-old Key West man was hospitalized with bloody urine and abnormal blood counts. He also had the dengue virus, and hadn't traveled outside the area. That brings the Key West outbreak to 28 cases.

    Infectious disease specialists have been watching for more dengue in the southern U.S. Two species of mosquitos that carry the dengue virus are widespread in this country. Dengue is the most common cause of fevers among Americans returning from the Caribbean, South America and Asia. An infected traveler can touch off a local outbreak if bitten by a stateside mosquito when there's a lot of dengue virus in his or her blood.
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  12. by   indigo girl
    Dengue in New York State

    H5N1: US: Dengue in New York state

    Quote from crofsblogs.typepad.com
    Dr. Adriane Trout isn't a detective, but sometimes she plays one as a family physician in Wayne County.
    Her impersonation of Sherlock Holmes led to her detecting dengue fever in a patient from Rochester who had traveled to Key West, Fla., last August.
    The diagnosis, confirmed a couple of weeks later, was the first reported case of dengue originating in the continental United States away from the Texas-Mexico border since 1945.
    Trout contacted health officials in Florida, which led to a husband and wife who within a few weeks of each other saw their doctor for fever, headache and rash, to be tested for dengue. Both were confirmed to have dengue.
    Subsequent surveillance by health officials led to 24 more cases in 2009. A recent case was reported April 13. After being alerted to the cases, mosquito control programs in the Keys were increased.
  13. by   indigo girl
    St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

    Health Department reports dengue - News - Virgin Islands Daily News

    Quote from virginislandsdailynews.com
    The Health Department this week announced the first confirmed case of dengue fever in the territory this year.

    Eugene Tull, the department's epidemiologist, said the case was a confirmed active infection with Type 2 dengue. It was on St. Thomas.

    Tull said he does not expect a large outbreak of Type 2 Dengue in the territory this summer because that strain is the one responsible for the local outbreaks in 2004 and 2005 and many residents likely are already immune to it.

    Someone who has been infected by one strain of dengue develops immunity to it but is still vulnerable to the other strains. Those who have had dengue more than once are at greater risk for some of its more serious complications.


    ...Tull said Health will issue a fogging schedule as part of its mosquito abatement program later this week but reminded residents that the mosquito that causes dengue is usually found in the house.

    "They hide in dark closets and sleep when we sleep and are awake when we are awake," he said.
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  14. by   indigo girl
    Arizona? Yes, It Happens

    H5N1: US: Dengue cases found in Arizona

    Quote from crofsblogs.typepad.com
    Cases of a rare tropical disease are showing up in the Valley. It's called Dengue Fever and even a few cases of this disease are extremely unusual for Arizona.

    The cases are in patients who have recently traveled to Mexico.

    The virus is contracted through mosquitoes in tropical regions like Mexico, the Caribbean and Cuba.
    Symptoms can last for weeks and include headache, fever, extreme muscle and joint pain, and a rash. The joint pain is so severe the illness is nicknamed bone crusher disease.

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