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Dengue fever cases double

12th May 2011

Health Protection Agency figures have revealed that the number of people bringing dengue fever back to the UK from tropical countries has doubled from 166 cases in 2009 to 406 last year.

The illness, which can be fatal, results in fever, muscle pain, headache and a rash and is transmitted by mosquitoes. The HPA has recommended that travellers take more precautions to prevent themselves being bitten. In the UK, HPA figures show 21% of cases were linked to visits to India and 15% with Thailand.

 

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Article Information

Title: Dengue fever cases double
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 18442
Date Added: 12th May 2011

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