By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued a travel notice for travelers to the Mediterranean region, in particular to France and Spain due to autochthonous dengue fever reported in these two countries.
In September 2019, public health officials reported a case of locally acquired dengue in Barcelonès County, Spain, near Barcelona. In addition, six locally acquired cases of the disease were reported in France: five in the city of Vallauris, near Cannes, and one in Caluire-et-Cuire, near Lyon. None of the people infected had traveled outside their home countries (Spain or France).
The CDC says the risk of infection to travelers to the Mediterranean region is low; however, travelers to areas in France and Spain where dengue has been reported can protect themselves against dengue infection by taking steps to prevent mosquito bites during the summer and early autumn.
Dengue is a disease caused by a virus spread through mosquito bites. The disease can take up to 2 weeks to develop with illness generally lasting less than a week.
Health effects from dengue include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, rash, muscle and joint pain, and minor bleeding.
Dengue can become severe within a few hours. Severe dengue is a medical emergency, usually requiring hospitalization.
In severe cases, health effects can include hemorrhage (uncontrolled bleeding), shock (seriously low blood pressure), organ failure, and death.