Dengue fever is on the rise worldwide

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Dengue fever is on the rise worldwide

According to information from the World Health Organization (WHO), the dangerous dengue virus infection is on the rise worldwide. The diseases have more than doubled recently. A BBC TV report even speaks of the “greatest threat to health worldwide”.

The tropical disease "dengue fever" is spreading more and more. The first cases of illness were reported even in the relatively human-conditioned euro. According to the WHO, about two fifths of the world's population is said to be at risk. The greatest danger is to people in Asia and the Pacific. Around 50 million people worldwide are currently contracting the virus.

Tropical diseases are also becoming increasingly common in Europe. The reason for this is the rise in temperatures due to climate change, which favor the spread of exotic disease carriers to Europe. A few months ago, a man from Nice was infected with dengue fever by a mosquito bite. So far, only introduced infections have occurred. A recent example of an infection also occurred in Croatia.

Dengue fever is transmitted by mosquitoes. The course of the disease initially resembles the symptoms of seasonal flu. For this reason, the dangerous illness is often not recognized in time. If a patient suffers from dengue fever again in the course of his life, the course of the disease is often much more pronounced and can then be fatal. The disease progresses severely in around 500,000 people and around 22,000 people, mostly children, die each year from the consequences of the infection. In about three to four percent of first-time illnesses, an extreme course of the virus infection also occurs. Those affected have a very high fever and heavy bleeding.

If the disease is recognized in time, it can also be treated well. For example, "the disease (...) is treated with anti-fever and pain medication, possibly with infusions," explains Tomas Jelinek, scientific director of the Center for Travel Medicine in Düsseldorf. However, the biggest problem is that corresponding diagnostic methods for tropical diseases are not very common among general practitioners. If the diagnosis is incorrect, the course of the disease can have fatal health consequences for the patient and can even lead to death. (sb, October 18, 2010)

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