Taiwan health officials reported the death of a 30-year-old woman who contracted dengue fever during a recent trip to Vietnam.
The woman from northern Taiwan travel to Vietnam, which is experiencing a a significant increase in dengue this year, in late August.
In early September, she subsequently developed fever, fatigue, headache, muscle ache, joint paint and retroortbital pain. After seeking medical attention, she was hospitalized.
During her stay in the hospital, she continued to experience dizziness, shortness of breath and chest tightness. Despite the treatment administered, the case unfortunately passed away during mid-September. The investigation revealed the cause of death was associated with dengue infection.
The Taiwan CDC reminds travelers planning to visit areas affected by dengue fever such as Southeast Asian countries to take precautions against mosquito bites, including wearing light-colored clothing, long sleeves and long pants, applying officially approved mosquito repellent to exposed parts of the body, staying at accommodations installed with window screens, screen doors or air conditioners.
If symptoms such as fever, headache, retroorbital pain, myalgia, arthralgia, and rash develop after their return, please seek immediate medical attention and inform the physician of their travel activity history in order to facilitate early diagnosis, case reporting and treatment.
- Spain: Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at Cantabria resort sickens a dozen, one dead
- Nigeria: Yellow fever patients in Kwara stable, Measles in Kebbi
- Rhode Island reports 1st human West Nile virus case of the year
- New York City hepatitis A: MSM urged to get vaccinated
- Michigan hepatitis A update
- Vermont reports 1st human West Nile virus case of 2017
- Group A Streptococcus: Two genes linked to ‘flesh-eating’ bacterial infections
- Malaria: UK report cases in travelers to Cyprus