Published On: Tue, Apr 16th, 2013

Madeira dengue outbreak: No new cases since February

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.


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According to a Portugal News Online report today, the mosquito borne viral disease caused no fatalities and a new case has not been confirmed since February.

According to ECDC numbers, seventy-eight patients have been diagnosed in European countries with dengue infection after returning from Madeira: 11 in mainland Portugal, 23 in the UK, 19 in Germany, three in France, five in Sweden, seven in Finland, two in Denmark, two in Austria, and two in Norway. Croatia, Slovenia, Spain and Switzerland have all reported one case each. The latest case was reported on 1 February 2013 from Finland.

So far in 2013, no autochthonous dengue cases have been reported in other European countries, according to the ECDC.

The Portuguese The Health General Directorate also confirmed that no cases had been reported on mainland Portugal with the authorities having used the Madeira experience to set up an expert commission to establish a contingency plan in case this or any other tropical disease is subsequently discovered.

What is dengue fever?

Dengue fever is a disease caused by any one of four closely related dengue viruses (DENV 1, DENV 2, DENV 3, or DENV 4). The viruses are transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito.

The principal symptoms of dengue fever are high fever that lasts from 2 to 7 days, severe headache, severe pain behind the eyes, joint pain, muscle and bone pain, rash, and mild bleeding.

More serious and life threatening forms of dengue include dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHS) and dengue shock syndrome (DSS).

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