A warning has been issued for all Travellers to take extra care when abroad after an outbreak of a deadly tropical disease has been reported in a number of popular holiday destinations around the globe.
The warning is especially strong for travellers heading to Asia as experts have called for urgent action to tackle the spread of the “global dengue pandemic” in Asia, which has had the highest spike of the disease in the world.
Although it’s a tropical disease, there have been cases reported in France and Croatia. After it struck the island of Madeira last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned of a future European outbreak. Travellers infected with the disease can inadvertently bring it home to their native countries.
Though it cannot be passed from human to human, a non-infected mosquito that bites someone with dengue then becomes a carrier, passing the disease to the next person it bites.
Dr In-Kyu Yoon, director of the Dengue Vaccine Initiative (DVI), said: “The dengue problem won’t just go away and won’t be helped by half measures.
“If countries and regions want to tackle the issue effectively, it will take a huge commitment on the part of individual countries and regions, groups of countries, to address it.”
If you have any concerns, you can contact your local GP or click here for more information on Dengue Fever