Published On: Thu, Nov 1st, 2012

Madeira dengue outbreak tops 60 confirmed cases

dengue feverThe dengue fever outbreak on the travel-spot of Madeira island off the coast of Portugal continues to increase as at least 10 additional cases of the viral, mosquito borne disease have been reported in the past several days, according to a Portuguese American Journal report Oct. 31.

According to the report, The Institute of the Administration of Health and Social Affairs (IASAUDE), based on Madeira island, has confirmed 62 dengue fever cases on the region, with 6 patients currently hospitalize in the Hospital of Funchal.

This is up from 52 confirmed cases and more than 400 probable cases reported Oct. 25.

The institute is calling for the public to take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus, by eliminating conditions that favor the breeding of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito its main carrier.

What is dengue fever?

Dengue fever is caused by one of four different but related viruses. It is spread by the bite of mosquitoes, most commonly the mosquito Aedes aegypti, which is found in tropic and subtropic regions.

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