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Dengue fever in Madeira  (Portugal) 

A recent outbreak of Dengue fever has been reported from Maderia. A total is 52 laboratory confirmed  cases of dengue fever have been reported in Madeira since the outbreak began on  3 October [1].  It is believed that a further 404 probable cases have been reported. Forty patients  have required hospital treatment, no deaths have occurred. A total of cases of dengue have been  reported in European travellers who visited Madeira during late September and  early October .  The cases include travellers from France (2), Sweden (1)  and England (1). The case from England is recovering well at home.

Advice for Travellers

Dengue Fever is spread through mosquitoes that bite in daylight hours. Travellers should avoid mosquito bites.

If you feel unwell with any of the following symptoms such as fever, severe  headache, muscle pain and a rash within 14 days of visiting Madeira you should seek medical advice.

There is no vaccine available to protect against dengue.

1. http://www.nathnac.org/pro/clinical_updates/denguemadeira_251012.htm