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Published On: Wed, May 29th, 2013

Madeira: New dengue fever cases imported from Angola

The Autonomous Region of Madeira, Portugal, experienced an outbreak of dengue, which began in October 2012, and saw  an overall total of 2,170 cases of dengue fever through April.

The outbreak has since been considered controlled.

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Image/U.S. Defense Mapping Agency

Now, Portuguese health officials have reported two confirmed cases of the mosquito borne viral disease on the island; however, both cases are imported from the African nation of Angola, according to a Portugal News Online report Tuesday.

The report states, “12 probable cases of dengue had been reported, but only two were confirmed in patients who had arrived on the island from Angola.”

What is dengue fever?

The Portugal Health Ministry has issued alerts for travelers to Angola – Luanda, due to the occurrence of cases of dengue fever in people from that country.

In addition, health officials have issued recommendation for travelers to Brazil due to the increase in the number of dengue cases in the first quarter of 2013.

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