Madeira dengue fever receding

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 16-04-2013 08:30:00 · 0 Comments
Madeira dengue fever receding

The number of cases of dengue fever on Portugal’s island of Madeira continues to decline to residual levels with practically no incidences of mosquito activity taking place in March, the General Directorate of Health reported this week.

The monthly update shows an overall total of 2,170 cases of dengue fever on Madeira as from the original outbreak on 3 October 2012 through to 7 April, in addition to 11 cases on mainland Portugal and 71 cases across 13 European countries and all contracted while visiting the Atlantic island.

The fever outbreak did not cause any fatalities with no new cases reported and confirmed since 4 February.

Surveillance and control measures reported no mosquito activities although the recommendation to take personal self-defence measures against mosquito bites remained in effect.

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.


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