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Travel Vaccines

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Dengue Fever
North Vancouver Travel Clinic

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Facts

 An estimated 500,000 people with severe dengue fever are hospitalized each year

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Vector

bite from infected mosquito (Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus).

 

390 million cases

Worldwide annually (estimated) .Dengue fever is a risk primarily in tropical and subtropical regions around the world. These include parts of Southeast Asia, the Western Pacific islands, Latin America, and Africa. The disease is especially prevalent in urban and semi-urban areas. Popular tourist destinations in these regions often report higher instances of dengue fever, particularly during the rainy seasons when mosquito breeding is at its peak.

 

Symptoms

High fever (>40C) with at least two of the following: severe headache, pain behind the eye muscle, joint pains, nausea, vomiting, swollen glands, rash

Severe Case

Occurs occasionally and includes symptoms such as plasma leakage, fluid accumulation in the lungs, respiratory problems, severe bleeding, organ impairment, death
As there are no vaccines in Canada, basic precautions should be taken:

 

Prevention
  Take preventive measures when mosquitoes are most active (during daylight hours)
  Use a recommended insect repellent containing either Icaridin (20%) or DEET
  Wear appropriate clothing (e.g. long-sleeved shirt, long pants)
  Use physical barriers, such as bed nets and window screens

 

Vaccine

  • There is currently no vaccine available against dengue

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