More dengue fever in Mur­cia

All the pa­tients were in­fected in Spain

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By Nuria Pérez AN­OTHER two peo­ple – a man and his son – have been di­ag­nosed with dengue fever in Mur­cia, the re­gional au­thor­ity re­vealed on Fri­day.

The pa­tients are linked to the pre­vi­ous two cases di­ag­nosed at the be­gin­ning of Septem­ber in Al­hama de Mur­cia and one in Madrid.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­gional health depart­ment, the new pa­tients are not rel­a­tives of the pa­tients from Al­hama de Mur­cia.

Lab­o­ra­tory tests have shown that the DNA of the virus in all pa­tients is ex­actly the same and they all were in­fected in Spain.

“None of them had trav­elled to a for­eign coun­try where dengue is a com­mon dis­ease,” stated a spokesman for the health depart­ment. He said the two new pa­tients have re­cov­ered well and are ‘back at home’ af­ter be­ing treated.

He stressed that peo­ple can only be in­fected if they are stung by an in­fected tiger mos­quito. Dengue is not an in­fec­tious dis­ease which can be passed on amongst hu­mans, he ex­plained.

The first two pa­tients di­ag­nosed with dengue in Mur­cia were an el­derly cou­ple from Al­hama de Mur­cia, who had spent their hol­i­days in Cádiz in Au­gust.

They both over­came the dis­ease af­ter be­ing treated in the depart­ment for trop­i­cal dis­eases of Vir­gen de la Ar­rix­aca hos­pi­tal.

Fol­low­ing the orig­i­nal cases the au­thor­i­ties asked doc­tors to be aware of dengue and re­port cases.

Town halls have been asked to carry out ac­tions to elim­i­nate mos­quito eggs and lar­vae.

Chief doc­tor of the depart­ment for mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy at Vir­gen de la Ar­rix­aca hos­pi­tal, Dr Manuel Se­govia, pointed out that dengue has sim­i­lar symp­toms to a very se­ri­ous flu.

The UK’s NHS notes that dengue is a vi­ral in­fec­tion spread by mos­qui­toes.

“In most peo­ple the in­fec­tion is mild and passes in about a week with­out caus­ing any last­ing prob­lems,” they state.

“But in rare cases it can be very se­ri­ous and po­ten­tially life threat­en­ing.

“There’s no spe­cific treat­ment any po­ten­tial or widely avail­able vac­cine for dengue, so it’s im­por­tant to try to avoid be­ing bit­ten by mos­qui­toes when vis­it­ing an area where the in­fec­tion is found.”

Symp­toms of dengue usu­ally de­velop sud­denly four to 10 days af­ter be­com­ing in­fected. Th­ese in­clude a high tem­per­a­ture (fever) which can reach 40C (104F) or higher; a se­vere headache; pain be­hind the eyes; mus­cle and joint pain; feel­ing or be­ing sick; a wide­spread red rash; and loss of ap­petite:

The dis­ease is trans­mit­ted by the tiger mos­quito

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