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Old March 15th, 2010, 01:21 PM
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Default Dengue epidemic - Traveler Health Alert: On 26.2.2010, Puerto Rico

Traveler Health Alert: On 26 February 2010, the Puerto Rico Department of Health declared that we have a dengue epidemic on the island. Visit the Puerto Rico Health Department "Dengue Watch" web page (in Spanish only) for the latest data on cases across the island. Visit the CDC web site to learn how you can protect yourself from dengue, what the symptoms of dengue are, & what you should do if you suspect that you have dengue.


Fecha : 2/26/2010

Contacto: Margarita Casalduc
(787) 274- 7642 ext. 3177

COMUNICADO DE PRENSA

SALUD REPORTA EPIDEMIA DE DENGUE EN LA ISLA


San Juan, PR- Luego de recibir las últimas cifras del Centro para el Control de Enfermedades (CDC, por sus siglas), correspondientes a la semana 5 ó del 29 de enero al 4 de febrero, el Secretario del Departamento de Salud (DS), Lorenzo González Feliciano, reportó epidemia de dengue en la Isla.

“Según la información recibida en el Departamento en el día de hoy y que corresponde a la semana 5, 204 casos fueron notificados al CDC, y el umbral de epidemia para esa semana es de 139. Esto significa que hay 65 casos sobre el umbral de epidemia”, indicó González Feliciano.

Durante la semana 3, el porcentaje de positivismo era de 37.1 por ciento; la cuarta semana, de 25.5 por ciento, y preliminarmente, se han reportado unos 48 casos positivos para la semana 5, para un 23.5 por ciento.


Could you please give me advice about this notice?
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Old March 15th, 2010, 01:50 PM
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There have been about 1300 cases reported since January 1st. The mosquito that is the primary carrier (Aedes aegypti ) is a "city dweller" so on the low chance that you could contract Dengue Fever it would be much more likely in a concentrated urban area.

This opposite of what you would think and your chances of contracting it on a jungle tour, beach or snorkeling excursion are far lower.

The main thing is to be practical. Even though 1300 cases have been reported among a population of around 4.5 million the chances of contracting it are low, especially if you use mosquito repellent.

Dengue Fever is prevalent in over 100 countries in Central America, South America, Asia and the Caribbean.

Based on this information I would not cancel travel to Puerto Rico but it's up to each individual to make that decision for them self.

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