More dengue fever in Murcia
All the patients were infected in Spain
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