Today, I saw THIS ARTICLE, on the internet, saying there were over 100 cases of dengue in Hawaii. Many newcomers to Panama have never heard of dengue until they come down with it.
This is one disease you do not want to mess with. As you can see from the following map, Dengue is no stranger to Central and South America.
If you are new to Panama or in the process of moving to Panama, you would be wise to educate yourself about this disease. You are infected by mosquitos and this disease becomes more dangerous with each infection.
You can be infected with Dengue four times and each stage is progressively more dangerous. While the first stage is very painful, it is rarely fatal provided that it is correctly diagnosed. However, the forth stage is usually fatal.
Since the disease is spread by mosquitos, It is very important to remove all potential breeding areas of standing stagnating water, such as old discarded tires, trash, etc.
Before I moved to Panama, I had never heard about Dengue. It is a mosquito spread disease that can be fatal if not diagnosed and treated. What is really bad is that subsequent infections are more dangerous.
This morning I noticed an article about a new study on eradicating Dengue in Panama. Lets hope this provides some aid in battling this horrible problem that affects so much of Latin America and South America.
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.