Two cases of the mosquito-borne viral infection have been confirmed in Madeira, sparking concerns of an “outbreak” on the island. Authorities said there was no reason for “alarmist reactions.”
Two dengue cases have been confirmed in Madeira and 22 suspected cases are being tested at the Ricardo Jorge institute, a report by Madeira’s Health Administration Institute revealed Wednesday.
Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection which causes a flu-like illness mostly affecting Asian and Latin American countries.
The infection was detected in Madeira several years ago in captured mosquitoes according to weekly newspaper Expresso. The newspaper online edition also reports that the island is now at risk of an “outbreak” of the disease, according to Ana Nunes, president of the Health Administration Institute of the Madeira Autonomous Region. But the Expresso also highlights a statement in the report claiming there was no reason for “alarmist reactions.”
Dengue’s main symptom is fever, which can last up to 14 days. There is no risk of contagion through infected people and dengue takes around seven days to show up following the bite, according to Expresso.
The detection of the cases has lead Madeira’s health services to recommend putting commercial planes of the region under anti-insect treatment.
The main problem however is that the insects are highly resistant to insecticides, meaning prevention is key.
We have dengue in Madeira, that has been confirmed,” Ana Nunes said at a press conference Wednesday, quoted by Jornal de Notícias. “And we have a public health problem, in the sense that we have to invest more and more in prevention.”
The report recommends suspicious symptoms be reported to the doctor and calls for people not to take aspirin.