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Dengue Fever...

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Has anyone contracted this whilst on Safari? If so, what were the symptoms you suffered? How is it treated?

 

This report has us a little concerned in Portugal...

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My father don't reacted dengue fever in WW2, but don't think that counts!

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Knowing my luck, I'll catch it here, and not in Africa...

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Its easily treatable if caught early - quite a few cases around here and in India and I know lots of people who were down with Dengue last year- just keep the symptoms in mind and make sure the GP treats you for Dengue as the only problem I can see is its not yet as common in Europe to be on top of the mind for treatment. But that might have changed.

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There was a Dengue outbreak in India a couple of years ago -

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Here is the NHS advice on Dengue - in the majority of cases it is self-limiting. There are no cures but the symptoms can be treated.

 

Do take note of the "complications" section which talks about the symptoms of the rare and more severe manifestations of Dengue haemorrhagic fever and Dengue shock syndrome

 

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/dengue/Pages/Introduction.aspx

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A good friend of mine got caught in the dengue outbreak a couple years back in India. He was a bit late in acknowledging the first symptoms and thus spent 3 weeks intubated on an hospital bed with quite significant bone pain and sweating a lot (he lost 15 kgs over the 3 weeks). He was pretty unlucky since symptoms usually go away more rapidly.

 

The Pasteur Institute (http://www.pasteur.fr/ip/easysite/pasteur/fr/presse/fiches-sur-les-maladies-infectieuses/dengue) suggests haemorrhagic version is gaining proportionnally a bit of ground, coming from the Caraibs.

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Outbreak of dengue fever in Dar es Salaam currently, so if you're traveling to Tanzania - even if you're only overnighting in Dar on the way to or from a safari, take care and cover up.

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It's prevalent in SIngapore. it breaks out every year because of the humid and wet seasons, and the Aedes mosqiutoes will breed even in a 1 sterling-pound coin size still pool of water.

 

I caught it when i was a student in singapore, and didn't even know it had advanced to a dengue heamoragghing fever until my legs buckled and I saw the GP. my blood platelets were darn low. My husband caught it about 8 years ago and landed in hospital for over 1 week. his platelets plunged to below 20,000 (normal range is over 140,000).

 

The posts are right - there is no cure. if the platelets plunge below a certain level, the person will need blood transfusion (herman needed 3). in serious cases, the person has to be bedded as any cut can lead to endless bleeding (platelets help the blood clot and stop the bleeding). in very serious cases, bleeding can just occur internally - organ bleeding or nose bleeding. so the best place to be in is in the hospital.

 

it's not transmittable. only the mosquito who bites an infected person, can transmit to you. there are 4 types of aedes mosquitoes in singapore, and you are not immune to a second dengue attack, though effects from a second attack are more severe.

 

the first sign is continuous fever, muscle aches and headaches. signs are almost flu-like, except in flu, the fever goes off after a day or 2. there is now immediate tests for dengue; eight years ago, you had to wait for a week to confirm it!

 

in the case of dengue, prevention is definitely important. aedes mosquitoes bite either at dusk or dawn. so cover up, or burn mosquito coils, or spray citronella on yourself especially if you are going into bushy or damp places. be vigilant and make sure you don't have stagnant pools of water (including flower vases or empty fish ponds or even water in plants). they breed very fast.

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