Published On: Tue, Apr 30th, 2013

Jeddah reports a dozen new dengue fever cases, brings total for 2013 to 300

Twelve new cases of dengue fever have been diagnosed in patients of the coastal city of Jeddah last week, bringing the total number of cases to approximately 300, according to an Arab News report Tuesday.

Aedes aegypti  Image/CDC

Aedes aegypti Image/CDC

The report notes that Dr. Sami Badawood, director general of Jeddah Health Affairs at the Ministry of Health, yesterday confirmed that the cases were discovered after the patients visited public hospitals complaining of high temperature accompanied with skin rash and acute intestinal pain, body aches and an inability to concentrate.

The dengue cases continue in the city despite preventive measures implemented and an ongoing campaign to eradicate mosquitoes that carry the disease.

Dengue fever is an infectious disease carried by mosquitoes and caused by any of four related dengue viruses. This disease used to be called “break-bone fever” because it sometimes causes severe joint and muscle pain that feels like bones are breaking.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates there may be 50–100 million dengue infections worldwide every year. However, new research from the University of Oxford and the Wellcome Trust, using cartographic approaches, estimate there to be 390 million dengue infections per year worldwide.

People get the dengue virus from the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. It is not contagious from person to person.

There are three types of dengue fever in order of less severe to most: the typical uncomplicated dengue fever, dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHS) and dengue shock syndrome (DSS).

There is not a vaccine for dengue fever. The CDC recommends the following preventive measures:

The best preventive measure for residents living in areas infested with Aedes mosquito is to eliminate the places where the mosquito lays her eggs, primarily artificial containers that hold water.

For travelers to areas with dengue, as well as people living in areas with dengue, the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes indoors is reduced by utilization of air conditioning or windows and doors that are screened.

Proper application of mosquito repellents containing 20% to 30% DEET as the active ingredient on exposed skin and clothing decreases the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes.

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