The popular Thai tourist resorts of Krabi and Phuket are reporting high incidences of dengue fever this year. Since January 2015 over 400 cases of dengue fever have been reported, resulting in one fatality.
Cases of dengue fever also soared in Malaysia with over 40,000 reported cases this year. It is estimated between 6-10 cases of dengue are diagnosed each day – double the rate of last year. The most dramatic increases have been seen in Penang, Johor and the state of Selangor.
Unfortunately, there is no vaccine or medication that can prevent dengue. The only way to reduce the risk is to prevent mosquito bites, particularly during daylight hours. If you are off on an Asian adventure this summer, follow these simple steps to reduce the risk of dengue fever:
· Cover up with clothing
· Use insect repellents containing a minimum of 50% DEET on any exposed skin
· Consider treating clothes with permethrin
· Sleep under bed nets and use insect screens on doors.
· Reduce mosquito breeding sites by removing any water containers from outdoor areas
· Use air-conditioning
· Consider the use of plug-in electrical vaporisers which deter mosquitoes
For more information on Dengue or any other travel-related topic, call Fleet Street Clinic on 020 7353 5678 or email email@example.com and we’ll be happy to answer any queries.
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