Dengue Alert

If you are new to Latin America then the word Dengue may be new to you. If you are going to retire and live here, then it is a word you need to know and understand.

There have been 6 deaths attributed to Dengue so far this year.

Here is an excerpt from a Stanford University website describing dengue.

The Dengue virus is a member of the virus family Flaviviridae and is transmitted to people through the bite of the mosquitoes Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. Dengue virus is now believed to be the most common arthropod-borne disease in the world. Dengue is mainly found in the tropics because the mosquitoes require a warm climate. A major fear of epidemiologists is that the mosquitoes will develop resistance to cooler climates and then be able to infect people in the United States and other temperate climates. The virus is transmitted when a mosquito of the Aedes genus bites an individual infected with dengue virus. The virus in the blood of the infected individual then infects the mosquito and travels from the mosquito’s stomach to its salivary glands were the virus multiplies. The virus is then injected into another person when the mosquito injects anticoagulants that prevent blood clotting when the mosquito is feeding. The mosquito remains able to transmit dengue for its entire life.

Another source of information is the Center of Disease Control.

Here is a post I referenced in the past showing how to make a dengue trap. Stay safe out there. The life you save may be your own.

7 thoughts on “Dengue Alert

  1. The other thing I’d mention is that folks need to deny mosquitoes breeding places, specifically, bodies of standing water (puddles, if you please). These would include unused/empty swimming pools and fountains, buckets out in the open, old tires (this is a big problem throughout the Central American isthmus), garbage containers, etc. As well, in Panama, there are a lot of open ditches that should be cleaned out or drained, or perhaps sprayed with some sort of light oil….Good luck!

  2. Dengue gets even scarier when you consider the informal names “breakbone fever” and “rompehuesos”.

    From a newspaper comment in Trinidad:

    http://legacy.guardian.co.tt/archives/2008-08-26/bratt.html

    …a lovely name for dengue, they call it fiebre de rompehuesos or “breakbone fever.” Somehow the English does not have the impact that rompehuesos has …

    Perhaps it’s the “r’s.”

  3. Don, last year I saw somewhere how to make this trap. I did make it and I didn’t collect any mosquitos. If anyone makes it and it works, please let me know. I am not sure what happened, I thought I followed the directions, and I know we had mosquitos, so please follow up and let me know how yours worked. Thank you, Marianne

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