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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Bahamas : Increasing numbers of persons with dengue fever

Via Bahamas Island Info :

" The Ministry of Health wishes to advise the public that there are increasing numbers of persons with dengue fever presenting to the health facilities. Dengue fever is not endemic in The Bahamas.

Dengue fever is a viral illness that is transmitted by the mosquito Aedes Aegypti. Typically, people infected with dengue virus do not have symptoms (approximately 80% of all cases) and others may only have mild symptoms such as uncomplicated fever, headache, bone and joint pains, and eye pain. Children with dengue exhibit symptoms similar to the common cold or gastroenteritis. Mild symptoms can be easily treated at home with supportive treatment: bed rest, fluids and painkillers such as Panadol."

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