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Dengue mosquito found for first time in Portugal

by TPN/ Lusa, in News · 22-09-2017 15:59:00 · 2 Comments

A species of mosquito that carries and transmits the dengue virus has been identified for the first time in Portugal, in the northern region of the country, the Directorate General of Health (DGS) and the Dr. Ricardo Jorge Institute said.

Dengue mosquito found for first time in Portugal

 

"As in several European countries, the Aedes albopictus species of mosquito has now been identified for the first time in Portugal in the North," the DGS said in a statement.

 

However, the DGS said that so far "there is no evidence of increased risk to the health of the population."

 

"The director general of Health and the president of the Dr Ricardo Jorge National Institute of Health will continue to inform the population of developments and the measures taken," added the DGS statement.

 

The dengue virus is transmitted through the bite of mosquitoes of the genus Aedes infected with the virus, and person-to-person transmission does not occur. The vectors exist in extensive areas of the world, particularly in tropical and subtropical regions.

 

Symptoms of the disease include fever, headaches, muscle and joint pains, vomiting and red spots on the skin and, more rarely, haemorrhaging.

 

The primary prevention measure is individual protection against mosquito bites as there is no vaccine against the disease.

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Secondary bacteraemia in adult patients with prolonged dengue fever
Although dengue management guidelines do not advice on use of antibiotics in dengue shock syndrome, unrecognised bactraemia is likely to contribute to morbidity and mortality. Culture positive patients appeared more ill with body aches and had higher degrees of fever during the latter part of the illness.

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by Naomi from Other on 11-11-2017 02:56:00
The whole peninsular has them it would seem

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by Santos from Other on 23-09-2017 08:44:00

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Edition 1453
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