Frequent question: Can you get dengue fever in Greece?

Dengue fever is spread particularly by the Asian tiger mosquito which has increasingly been seen in Europe. The Asian tiger mosquito is also considered the main carrier of West Nile Virus, several cases of which have been reported in Greece this summer.

Do mosquitoes in Greece carry disease?

The Greek Ministry of Health warns holidaymakers about mosquitoes that can transmit the West Nile virus. The virus can make you very sick and in some cases can even be fatal. Last year 316 people were infected in Greece, 50 people died from this. Take appropriate precautions against the (infected) mosquito.

Which country has the highest rate of dengue fever?

The largest number of dengue cases ever reported globally was in 2019. All WHO Regions were affected, and dengue transmission was recorded in Afghanistan for the first time. The American Region alone reported 3.1 million cases, with more than 25,000 classified as severe.

Is dengue fever in Europe?

Although less common, outbreaks are increasingly being reported outside tropical areas, including in Europe, with locally acquired cases reported in Croatia, France and Madeira. Dengue does not occur naturally in the United Kingdom (UK), it is a travel-associated infection.

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What areas have dengue fever?

Dengue fever is most common in Southeast Asia, the western Pacific islands, Latin America and Africa. But the disease has been spreading to new areas, including local outbreaks in Europe and southern parts of the United States. Researchers are working on dengue fever vaccines.

When are mosquitoes most active in Greece?

Transmission of the virus occurs when mosquitos are active (between Spring and Autumn) with most infection observed between July and September. Greece is set to receive 31 million visitors this year and holidaymakers are urged to protect themselves against mosquito bites.

What insects bite in Greece?

Sand Flies or Sand Fly are also known as Sand Gnat, Sandflea, No-See-Um, Granny Nipper, Chitra, Punky, Biting Midges or Marumakshika. Their most important ability is to bite and suck blood. You might want to compare it to a mosquito.

Is one mosquito bite enough for dengue?

Importantly, one mosquito bite is sufficient enough to transmit the dengue virus and make you sick for days.

Is there dengue in Italy?

A cluster of 11 cases of autochthonous dengue was identified in Vicenza Province, Veneto region, northern Italy, August–September 2020, secondary to a primary case imported from Indonesia.

Is there Dengue fever in Japan?

Dengue fever is a predominantly imported infectious disease in Japan. However, domestic dengue infections were found in 2014.

Can dengue fever be cured?

Dengue is a virus, so there is no specific treatment or cure. However, intervention can help, depending on how severe the disease is. For milder forms, treatment includes: Preventing dehydration: A high fever and vomiting can dehydrate the body.

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When do dengue rashes appear?

Dengue fever begins with a sudden high fever, often as high as 105°F (40.5°C), 4 to 7 days after the infection. A flat, red rash may appear over most of the body 2 to 5 days after the fever starts.

How many countries is dengue endemic in?

Available data suggest that dengue is endemic to 34 countries across all regions of Africa (Table 1, Fig. 1). Of these, 22 have reported local transmission, which is laboratory-confirmed in 20 countries, while two (Egypt and Zanzibar) do not have laboratory confirmation.

Who is at risk of getting dengue?

Dengue outbreaks are occurring in many countries of the world in the Americas, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Anyone who lives in or travels to an area with risk of dengue is at risk for infection.

Does dengue stay in your system forever?

There is no human-to-human dengue fever transmission. Once a mosquito is infected, it remains infected for its life span.

What is the mortality rate for dengue fever?

Dengue fever is a febrile illness caused by 1 of 4 serotypes of the virus, which may progress to dengue hemorrhagic fever or dengue shock syndrome. The mortality rate of untreated dengue shock syndrome is more than 20%.