Dengue Fever Madeira, Portugal

by Wayne Ghesquiere on October 26, 2012

The first report of dengue fever on the island of Madeira (off the coast of Portugal) has been reported from the Funchal and Camara de Lobos municipalities.  There have been 2 laboratory-confirmed and locally aquired cases confirmed ( and 22 suspected cases). Public health authorities are implementing control mesures to reduce the risk of transmission locally. Travelers are advised to take individual daytime protective measures to reduce the risk of mosquito bites. Dengue Fever appears within 3-14 days after a bite by an infected mosquito carrying one of the four dengue viruses.  Symptoms range and can include mild to high fever with severe headache, pain behind the eyes, rash, and muscle and joint pains. For more information on insect precautions please see our page: Protection against insect bites.

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