Dengue fever outbreak in Madeira causes illness in European tourists

Since the beginning of the large outbreak of dengue fever in Madeira in October, a total of 1,357 cases have been reported. There have been no deaths. However, an additional 25 cases of the disease have been diagnosed in tourists returning to Portugal, Britain, Germany, Sweden and France. The cases in tourists illustrate the risk of becoming infected with dengue fever during an outbreak. Dengue fever can be a mild to severe and sometimes fatal illness. Due to incomplete reporting, lack of access to health care in some areas, and the fact that many persons with dengue fever may not seek medical care and be reported to health authorities, there may be many more cases in the community than are reported. Travellers to areas where dengue fever is occurring can reduce their risk of exposure to dengue fever virus by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

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