Italy raises dengue alert level at airports and ports

Following a serious outbreak of dengue fever in Brazil and a rise in cases worldwide, Italy decided to increase the alert level at its ports and airports. For this reason, the Italian Ministry of Health asked the authorities to increase the alert level and vigilance against shipping companies importing goods from countries where the risk of contracting the disease is frequent and constant.

The directive was issued by the Ministry of Health after the World Health Organization (WHO) recently said that a staggering increase in dengue infections worldwide poses a potentially high threat to public health and that Brazil is facing a serious dengue crisis.

According to the Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES), between 30 and 120 dengue virus infections are diagnosed in Austria each year, and so far they have only occurred in travelers returning from endemic areas. Dengue fever infections are among the notifiable diseases in Austria.

A new vaccine consisting of two partial vaccines has recently been approved in this country and, according to researchers, shows good efficacy. The current Austrian vaccination plan does not currently provide a general vaccination recommendation for people traveling to areas where dengue is endemic.

With approximately 390 million infections and close to 50,000 deaths worldwide each year, dengue fever is an extremely common tropical disease in Southeast Asia and Latin America.

Dengue fever is a gel-borne disease that occurs in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. Mild dengue fever causes high fever and flu-like symptoms. The severe form of Dengue fever, also called Dengue hemorrhagic fever, can cause severe bleeding, a sudden drop in blood pressure (shock), and death.

(APA)

Source: Vienna

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