Updated: June 03, 2013
An outbreak of dengue has been reported in the Luanda Province of Angola. The capital city of
More than 200 cases of dengue and 1 fatal dengue case have been confirmed. More than 30 dengue cases in
Dengue is an illness caused by a virus that is spread through mosquito bites. Symptoms include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, rash, and pain in the eyes, joints, and muscles. Symptoms can take up to 2 weeks to develop after you are bitten by an infected mosquito, but usually end in a week. In severe cases, symptoms may include intense stomach pain, repeated vomiting, and difficulty breathing, becoming drowsy or irritable and bleeding from the nose or gums. See a doctor right away if you have these symptoms.
Travelers who go to tropical and subtropical regions are at risk of getting dengue. These areas include: the Caribbean, Central and South America, Western and
There is currently no vaccine or medicine to prevent dengue. Travelers can protect themselves from dengue by preventing mosquito bites.
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Early and proper diagnosis of dengue is important, as many other diseases may mimic dengue. Health care providers should consider dengue, malaria, chikungunya and leptospirosis, depending on the itinerary and exposure, in the differential diagnosis of patients who have fever and a history of travel to tropical areas during the 2 weeks before symptom onset.
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