It feels like the flu. But it can be dengue. Many cases have occurred in Latin America or the Caribbean. What travelers should pay attention to.
Dusseldorf (dpa / tmn) – Anyone who wants to travel to Latin America or the Caribbean should be protected from mosquito bites. Dengue fever is stronger this year than in the last two years, explains the CRM Center for Travel Medicine.
Dengue fever is caused by a virus transmitted by the Danish mosquito. In the first seven months of this year, more than two million people in the regions were diagnosed with dengue fever, and more than 700 died. Brazil, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Belize, Colombia, El Salvador, Paraguay and Venezuela are particularly affected.
How are passengers prevented?
Passengers can protect themselves with light and closed clothing if possible. Thin fabrics should also be impregnated with insect repellent, as mosquitoes can pierce tiny tissue.
One exposed mosquito repellent with the active ingredient DEET (diethyltoluamide) at a concentration of at least 30 percent should be applied to exposed skin. These agents protect against most insect bites for at least three hours; then they must be reapplied.
How can I detect an infection?
If it is an infection, appear after a few days like flu symptoms like high fever, severe head and body pain, and pressure behind the eyes. There is also often a temporary rash. Timely diagnosis and treatment can usually prevent a severe course.