Dengue fever danger: Vacationers on the Red Sea have to protect themselves from mosquitoes

Dengue fever danger: Vacationers on the Red Sea have to protect themselves from mosquitoes

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Protect against mosquitoes due to dengue fever on the Red Sea

A woman who has spent her vacation in Egypt has dengue fever. According to press reports, there are more cases of illness and one death. Travelers on the Red Sea should therefore protect themselves from mosquitoes.

Dengue fever on the Red Sea

If you spend your vacation on the Red Sea, you should definitely protect yourself from mosquitoes. Because at the beginning of November, a tourist fell ill with dengue after returning from Hurghada in Belgium. "According to press reports, the city, which is popular with tourists, is said to have further illnesses and one death," reports the Center for Travel Medicine (CRM) on its website. According to the experts, around 1,200 infections have been reported in the city of al-Qusair on the Red Sea since September. The last dengue outbreak in Egypt was around two years ago, according to CRM.

Disease is transmitted by diurnal mosquitoes

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 2.5 billion people worldwide are threatened by dengue viruses. The infectious disease is transmitted in the tropics and subtropics by the diurnal Asian tiger mosquito.

The clinical spectrum in the case of an infection ranges from mild forms that are almost symptom-free, to flu-like complaints with fever, headache, muscle and limb pain, to cases in which there is internal bleeding and vascular damage.

Not all infected people develop symptoms of the disease. The complaints usually last about a week. For most of those affected, dengue fever disappears without further consequences.

Pay attention to mosquito repellent

Vaccination against the tropical disease is just as little as medication for causal treatment.

To protect yourself from infection, you should avoid mosquito bites. Wearing light, loose clothing and using mosquito nets are options that help to combat annoying mosquitoes.

Above all, the chemical defense is effective. Agents with the active ingredient DEET (diethyltoluamide) are recommended as mosquito repellent. (ad)

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