Dengue Fever on the rise

Health officials are urging holidaymakers and travellers to take precautions against insect bites, following a three-fold increase in cases of Dengue Fever since January 2013.

Spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, Dengue Fever is an infectious tropical disease common in tropical and sub tropical parts of the world.

Symptoms include a severe ‘flu-like’ illness with headache, muscle pain and skin rash. In rare cases more serious symptoms can develop.

At present there is no preventative vaccination for Dengue Fever.

Health authorities are advising travellers to take precautions by covering exposed skin with long sleeve tops and trousers and using an effective mosquito repellent.