Floods, Fires, and now Dengue Fever.

Directorate General of Health admits dengue outbreak in Madeira

I really don’t want to be the harbinger of bad news again for this island, but there is no way that this story is not going to make headlines – witness the comments section on the latest post last night. What must be emphasised to visitors is that the mosquito “season” is virtually over.

I cannot quote the Diario at the moment as their website appears to be “down”, but MSN News this morning picks up an AP report from Lisbon:

“The Director General of Health (DGS) considers that the two cases of dengue fever detected in Madeira, where there are 22 other people suspected of having the disease, "can set an outbreak" of the disease in the archipelago .

In a statement issued this afternoon, the DGS safeguard, however, that "there is no reason for alarmist reactions."

The disease, detected several years ago in mosquitoes captured in the island, is transmitted only through the bite of a mosquito species, with no risk of contagion by contact between infected people, according to DGS.

It takes three to seven days to manifest after the mosquito bite and the symptoms may continue for up to 14 days.

The detection of cases brought health services to recommend Madeira, with the international health authorities, who undergo anti-insect commercial aircraft from the region.

The DGS adds in the statement that, in case of suspicion of the disease, whose main symptom is fever, should appeal to the doctor, but never take aspirin.

Dengue is a disease native to Asia totalling 100 million cases annually in a population of 2.5 to 3 billion people”

Apparently the analysis is being conducted at the Institute Ricardo Jorge. More detail courtesy of Peter (thank you) in the comments section attached to the last post.

The transmitter dengue fever mosquito ‘Aedes Aegypti’.

epa02220375 The transmitter dengue fever mosquitoes 'Aedes aegypti' taken on 24 June 2010 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  Honduran goverment declared this week 'national state of emergency' because of the high incidences of classical and hemorrhagic cases in the country.  EPA / GUSTAVO AMADOR


The forecast for 2080: heatwaves, 11,000 deaths – and dengue fever

By complete coincidence the Independent carried the following story on 11th September this year:

“Climate change may increase the number of heat-related deaths in the UK by 540 per cent, health experts predict.

By 2080 almost 11,000 people could die every year as a result of heatwaves, up from 2,000 at present, as extreme weather becomes more common, according to the Health Protection Agency (HPA).

Rising temperatures could also mean that British people contract exotic illnesses at home as mosquitos carrying tropical diseases, such as dengue fever and chikungunya, migrate to the UK.

People with hay fever will have a protracted period of suffering each year as the warmer climate could mean the pollen season starts earlier and finishes later.

A report by the HPA, based on the latest climate change projections for the UK, suggests the health burden created by cold weather could decline by 2080 compared with the present day as average temperatures are expected to rise between 2C and 5C.

Heatwaves are likely to cause more premature deaths, increasing by 70 per cent in the 2020s and by 540 per cent over the next 70 years, the experts predict.



The Diario website is now back up and running. The newspaper “reveals that there is dengue on the loose and it requires prevention. Two people infected and 22 suspected cases lead to the implementation of national measures. The Concelhos of Funchal, Câmara de Lobos and Caniço are the most affected by outbreak. The newspaper suggests that people know the symptoms and attend the Centros de Saúde”.

It also comments on the effects of alarmism on the tourist industry.





Update Friday 5.10.12 19.00

The Diario reports (on-line) tonight that “The number of people suspected to have symptoms of dengue in Madeira has risen to 34, says a source connected to the health service in the region. A number that indicates a substantial increase in suspected cases and requests for analysis in the last hours.

More than 40 people were admitted to casualty yesterday some of whom "today also showed symptoms of the disease," said a hospital source.

The Government, through the Regional Secretariat for Social Affairs, has already assured the public that it will not hide the numbers. This morning it is reported that of the 22 cases that were being analysed yesterday (see above) 12 were positive, joining the two confirmed Wednesday.

Health authorities advise the public to take precautions, avoid stagnant waters and the use of proper clothing and use mosquito nets at night.

12 thoughts on “Floods, Fires, and now Dengue Fever.”

  1. Doctors recommended DGS following patients with symptoms of dengue for two weeks

    The Directorate General of Health (DGS) has recommended that physicians follow patients with dengue symptoms for at least two weeks to be able to detect complications requiring hospitalization, after two confirmed cases in Madeira.

    “In classic cases of disease treatment is based on the control of fever with paracetamol (are contraindicated aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, the risk of bleeding and Reye syndrome), eating plenty of fluids and rest , “refers to DGS in a statement.

    In the same text, the organization noted that there is no vaccine against dengue virus and advised the use of light clothing that protects the largest possible surface of the body (long sleeves and pants, socks and shoes).

    The statement also suggested applying repellent (which should contain the chemical DEET) on exposed areas of the body and clothes and said people should avoid staying in areas outdoors, preferring enclosed spaces with air conditioning.

    The DGS also asked to avoid areas where there is standing water and emphasized that the most critical times for mosquito bites that transmit the disease, corresponding to periods of sunrise and sunsets.

    Information of the Directorate General of Health available at Ann

  2. With the news about removal of rent control being a big story on the mainland
    I was surprised to see no mention of the issue in Díario. The ‘once renters are in you can’t get them out’ scenario has dissuaded many of our family members from renting out property otherwise vacant in Funchal.

  3. from yesterday dnoticias 34 cases of dengue have been confirmed
    Number of suspicion is also increasing

    The number of people with dengue in Madeira has risen from 14 to 34, ensures the DAILY source connected to the health service in the region. A number that indicates a substantial increase in suspected cases and requests for analyzes in the last hours.

    More than 40 people were yesterday the casualty with suspected dengue and “today also showed people with symptoms of the disease,” says hospital source.

    The Government, through the Regional Secretariat for Social Affairs, has already assured that it will not hide the numbers, but fears for its obsolescence. This morning, the protection assured that in addition to the 22 cases that were being analyzed (the required analyzes Institute Ricardo Jorge), 12 were positive, joining the two confirmed Wednesday.

    Health authorities advise the public to take precautions, nomedamente with stagnant waters, the use of proper clothing and using mosquito nets at night

  4. from dnoticias The numbers of those infected with dengue in Madeira are “dynamic”
    So says the Regional Secretary for Social Affairs, Jardim Ramos, who was identified only confirms that the serotype 1 disease, the less dangerous

    The Regional Secretary for Social Affairs with the folder of Health, Jardim Ramos, says it will not always be talking about figures on infected by dengue in Madeira. And he justifies by saying that the numbers are “dynamic”.

    And said that was only identified the serotype 1 disease in Madeira, the least dangerous.

    These are statements made outside the opening session of the III Conference of Health Pastoral Care, which took place today in the auditorium of the House Health Board Pestana, Funchal.

  5. It is said in the London Press that the Forest fires raging throughout Europe and the USA this year were deliberately started by Al-Quaeda sympathisers to create mayhem at little cost to them.
    Detection rates nil.
    One wonders if this could be said of Madeira and its fires.
    One wonders if the Dengue Fever apparent on the mainland and the Island could have been introduced by the import of a few carrier insects by the same groups.

  6. Food for thought indeed……scary.
    Change of Tactics, quietly and with little cost…..?
    No claim, therefore no blame and continued operations…..but Madeira?
    Maybe, silent ops……

  7. from dnoticias Heat gets at least until the 3rd Thursday

    The Institute of Meteorology updated its warnings to Madeira, due to the persistence of high temperature heat maximum.

    As for the North Coast remains of the yellow warning ‘hot weather’ til tomorrow night (22h), while for the South Coast of Madeira and Porto Santo, the ‘hot weather’ will stay at least another 24 hours, as that the warning was extended to 22 hours of Tuesday.

    Madeira and the Azores are the two regions of the country that are ‘painted yellow.’ If the heat around here is doing its already in the autumn in the nearby archipelago notice due to the precipitation forecast, which until the early afternoon should cover all the islands with rain and / or showers.

  8. from dnoticias Population of Santa Luzia learned to defend themselves from mosquitoes, but cases of illness worry

    In the parish of Santa Luzia, Funchal, where in 2005, the first time in Madeira, was detected the mosquito that transmits dengue fever virus, the population learned to defend himself, but the confirmed cases are a growing concern.

    “People were already preoccupied with so many mosquitoes, dengue is now the worst,” said Lusa Manuela Viegas, 56, that “the last two years here,” noted a proliferation of mosquitoes that do not give you rest.

    On Friday, the chairman of the Department of Health of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, Miguel Ferreira, revealed the existence of 34 people infected with dengue – five of whom were hospitalized this morning – whose transmission occurs through the bite of mosquitoes’ Aedes aegypti ‘when infected with the virus.

    The next day, the regional secretary for Social Affairs, Francisco Jardim Ramos, who declined to update the number of people infected, ensured that the clinical course of people infected with dengue was “favorable” and that hospitalized patients, whose number is not specified , were “evolving very well.”

    Manuela Viegas listed the care you’ve come to have, but that does not hamper the entry of mosquitoes in his address: “I lie on the curtains insecticidal, repellent in the body, do not let water in dishes vessel,” exemplified.

    At the home of Grace Basilio, 45, the family has no peace as long as five months ago settled on the streets of Santa Luzia, the same name that won the mosquitoes in these parts. “Every day kill 20, 30 [mosquitoes],” he said while scratching his legs with spots, marks the 19 year old son also sports.

    Her husband, Ricardo Basilio, 50, explained: “In the morning, we see clouds of them. You see the marks on the ceiling? They are of the kill and walk always clean.”

    In this family no home flower pots, but remaining repellents and other items that indicate there by not giving respite to mosquitoes, such as bed nets or rackets. These objects ‘live’ also in many other dwellings in those parts. “It’s a scourge, are everywhere, hiding everywhere,” blurted Ricardo.

    At home in front of family Basil is the daughter of an octogenarian couple, Angelina Mondim, 61, who, while emigrant in Venezuela, crossed with the mosquito ‘Aedes aegypti’. “I knew them from Venezuela, maracaya, but a plane going to smoke, the desinfestar” he said.

    Angelina’s mother, aged 85, is “muffled with a large towel to avoid being bitten.” “You can only walk with trousers and jacket,” Angelina said, adding: “There are many, many mosquitoes, it is now not to stand.’m Worried.”

    Authorities, calls for monitoring wells and other structures with stagnant water that says there nearby.

    Jose Gouveia, 60, adds another request by way of questioning: “I do not know why not come brigades and pest extermination of mosquitoes as the time began to appear?”. “It was very good in terms of public health,” secured.

  9. Living in Santa Luzia as we do, we are affected by mosquitos. At night in our upstairs bedroom, we have a large ceiling fan which we leave on all night. Mosquitos hate moving air and so far this has been a one hundred percent successful move.


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