Most commonly, Dengue Fever is a painful and sometimes debilitating virus spread by an infected mosquito that bites primarily during the day.
This mosquito acquires the virus by biting a person who was infected with the Dengue Fever virus within the past 8-12 days, and can spread the virus for the rest of its life (lifespan of a mosquito? 1 month).
It is estimated that 50 million cases occur every year, and about 1% of those require hospitalization.
Dengue Fever is usually found in tropical and subtropical regions – the Caribbean, Central and South America, Western Pacific Islands, Australia, Southeast Asia, and Africa. It is often found in populated urban and residential areas of tropical nations.
What is the best way to know if you are at risk? Check with your clinician at your consultation at the Travel & Immunization Clinic of Portland.