Dengue fever in America: 20 nations report greater numbers than typical, resulting in a CDC journey discover


From NewsDesk @ bactiman63

Dengue fever is an ongoing risk in many parts of Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), a total of 2,028,233 dengue cases have been reported in America, including 753 deaths.

The CDC reports that the following 20 countries in the region report higher than average numbers of dengue cases. Travelers visiting these countries may be at increased risk: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua , Peru, St. Lucia, Saint Martin and Turks and Caicos Islands.

Travelers to America can protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites: using an EPA-registered insect repellent, wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants outdoors, and sleeping in an air-conditioned room or room with window bars or under an insecticide-treated bed net.

CDC Yellow Book 2020: Health Information for International Travel

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Dengue fever is a disease caused by a virus that spreads through mosquito bites. It can take up to 2 weeks for the disease to develop, with the disease generally lasting less than a week.

Dengue fever health effects include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, rash, muscle and joint pain, and easy bleeding.

Dengue fever can become severe within a few hours. Severe dengue fever is a medical emergency that usually requires hospitalization.

In severe cases, health effects can include bleeding (uncontrolled bleeding), shock (severely low blood pressure), organ failure, and death.

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