Danes travelling to Thailand and the Philippines warned about Dengue fever epidemic
At least 456 people have died from dengue fever in the Philippines and 53 in Thailand, health authorities have declared. Thus, health care professionals and experts in the field warn Danish tourists travelling to these destinations to take all means of precaution to protect against dengue fever.
”Thailand and the Philippines are having one of the most severe dengue outbreaks in recent years, putting tourists travelling to these destinations in a risk of getting infected with dengue. It is especially relevant for tourists from Denmark because due to the lack of information on these tropical diseases, they do not see the need to protect themselves from mosquitoes”, says Filippo Bosco, the CEO and founder of BluSense Diagnostics, the Danish MedTech start-up developing devices for Dengue and Zika diagnostics.
”Tourists travelling to Thailand and the Philippines should apply mosquito repellants containing the active ingredient DEET. It is incredibly important that the concentration of DEET would be 20% and more because there are products on the Danish market that do not contain enough of the active substance. Also, it is essential that pregnant women would be using the repellants to avoid Zika virus, also transmitted by Aedes Egypti mosquito”,says Dr Sören Thybo, a consultant at Rigshosipitel Department of Infectious Diseases.
In Denmark, dengue is not a notifiable infectious disease, but based on the Statens Serum Institute statistical data, it is estimated that with every 20,400 travelers one case of Dengue is imported. However, it is to be expected that this figure is significantly higher due to an under-reporting of infections.
Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne disease that occurs in tropical and subtropical areas of the world. Mild dengue fever causes a high fever, rash, and muscle and joint pain. A severe form of dengue fever, also called dengue hemorrhagic fever, can cause severe bleeding, a sudden drop in blood pressure (shock) and death.
About BluSense Diagnostics:
BluSense Diagnostics is a MedTech company, a spin-off from the Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology, Technical University of Denmark. The company has been developing a point-of-care blood testing device for infectious diseases and, as part of their mission, aims to educate people on a potential threat of neglected tropical diseases, such as Zika and Dengue.