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Dengue fever rises among Swedes

Dengue fever rises among Swedes

Published: 06 Feb 2011 12:42 GMT+01:00
Updated: 06 Feb 2011 12:42 GMT+01:00

The tropical disease is affecting more and more Swedes year on year. In 2010 151 cases of the disease were reported by those returning from foreign trips, up from 100 the previous year.

In most cases, those infected discover the symptoms on their return, with about half of all cases picked up from trips to Thailand, according to the Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control (Smittskyddsinstitutet).

The disease is carried by the mosquito Aedes aegypti. The most common symptoms are high fever, headaches and pains in the joints.

There is currently no available vaccine for dengue fever, but measures to reduce number of mosquitoes, and limiting exposure to bites, are being used to stem the growing number of reported cases.

Dengue fever is not life threatening but in the most severe cases a blood transfusion is sometimes necessary. Normally treamtent is done by rehydrating the person infected, either orally or with an intravenous drip.

The rate of infection has increased rapidly over the last 50 years, with around 50–100 million people catching the disease annually.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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18:19 February 6, 2011 by Hedley
"There is currently no available vaccine for dengue fever..."

What are your sources, there is a vaccine against yellow fever!

Check out these links:

http://www.smi.se/amnesomraden/vaccinationer/vaccinationer-a-o/gula-febern/ (yes it is in SMI website)


I will send a copy of this comment from my personal e-mail account too.
18:28 February 6, 2011 by Hedley
Sorry! I must excuse myself! Dengue virus do not have a vaccine yet (yes! "do" is correct, because there are 4 virus).
20:04 February 6, 2011 by charubun pananon
I am not quite sure that the Swedish get dengue fever only from Thailand. I seldom heard that dengue fever spread in Thailand.
21:00 February 6, 2011 by Nemesis
Swedes should stop spreading disease.
05:43 February 7, 2011 by melayu
CORRECTION: Dengue fever IS life threatening - there are cases where human died from it.

NOTE: Instead of Thailand, why not visit Malaysia Truly Asia? Visit once and you never want to change your vacation destination again.
08:37 February 7, 2011 by calebian22
Malaysia is only good in the commercials. Penang and KL are dumps. Plus I would rather get Dengue fever over eating food prepared by a bare, left-handed, water hose wiper.
09:17 February 7, 2011 by karex
Dengue fever CAN be life threatening. As previously stated, there are at least 4 known different viruses. At least one of them causes an extreme case called hermorrhagic dengue fever, which is fatal approximately 50% of the time.

And once you have caught one of the "regular" Dengue Fevers, the risk of catching the hemorrhagic variety increases.

I caught a "mild" case of the normal Dengue once and felt like I was dying. The term "pain in the joints" is grossly underestimated. Your entire skeletal system is in constant pain. It feels like a massive cluster migraine headache inside every bone in your body - including your head. Hence the other popular name for this disease "Bone Fever".
10:15 February 7, 2011 by Rizwan Rahim
@melayu ,Anda seorang pembekal tur ?

1) "The rate of infection has increased rapidly over the last 50 years, with around 50-100 million people catching the disease annually" around the globe or in sweden ?

2) one of the best possible diagnosis or observation is that your pallet count in blood will drop drastically and make life threatening.

3) no conventional/alternative medicine available to increase pallet count

4) but if "Smittskyddsinstitutet" contacts me i can give a formula which can secure the life a) 100 % no deaths b) recovery withing few days.......c) no extra cost for medicines.....
10:24 February 7, 2011 by seychelle_18
This article is underestimating Dengue. I know a lot of people who already died of it. We have 3 members in our family who had Dengue and mind you if we were not able to treat it immediately they could easily die. Maybe they are saying this underestimation to avoid panic.

This shouldn't be taken for granted, it really take lives.
14:23 February 7, 2011 by Syftfel
I beleive this to be yet another piece of evidence of lax border controls. How could this happen? What can we do to prevent the importation of, hitherto unknown, diseases into Sweden?
08:07 February 8, 2011 by Hedley
I still apologize for my first comment!

Dengue fever does not use to lead to sequelae see: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/215840-overview . I did have dengue fever and I got no sequelae.

Of course, it is also known as "breakbone fever" for a reason.

As you can read, accordingly to the reported in the article 50% of the cases come from Thailand; however we must consider:

1-Not all cases are reported

2-the other 50% (obviously) does not come from Thailand, however Thailand (using a bit of fool-proof math) seems to be the major source of cases!
08:09 February 8, 2011 by Hedley
3-I forgot to mention, dengue CAN BE IMPORTED, BUT NOT be spread here in Sweden (even if mosquito were imported) do its low temperatures.
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