Mexico Health Alert

Updated on 12 July 2019


Situation:

In 2019, Dengue cases are on the rise with 24 cases reported in Campeche and 16 of those in Ciudad del Carmen. Of those 16 cases, eight were non-severe, 13 had warning signs of becoming more severe and three were severe.


The Aedes Aegypti mosquito (which is responsible for transmitting Dengue) bites primarily during the day. This species is most active two hours after sunrise and several hours before sunset, but can still bite at night in well-lit areas.


Symptoms of Dengue Fever

Symptoms, which usually begin four to six days after infection and last for up to 10 days, may include:

  • Sudden, high fever

  • Severe headaches

  • Pain behind the eyes

  • Severe joint and muscle pain

  • Fatigue

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Skin rash, which appears two to five days after the onset of fever

  • Mild bleeding (such a nose bleed, bleeding gums, or easy bruising)


Mitigating Factors to Apply:

  • Monitor local and social media for updates

  • Enroll in the Safe Traveler program (STEP) to receive warnings from the U.S. Embassy

  • Avoid mosquito bites

  • Wear long sleeve shirts, pants, socks and shoes when mosquitoes are most active

  • Use repellents such as DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535

  • Avoid opening windows during high mosquito activity

  • Utilize mosquito nets where appropriate


DISCLAIMER and Hold Harmless

Disclaimer: LSDS gathers information from multiple sources and offers insight and perspective to travelers. Sources cannot be validated for accuracy in every instance. Travelers assume all risk associated with their travel and are responsible for the decisions associated with travel and for their own safety. Users of this reference document agree, to hold harmless LSDS (LLC) its employees and clients associated with any risk or injury incurred during travel.

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