Call for an instant quote
0345 90 80 161
Open Mon to Fri 09:00 - 17:30 | Sat 09:00 - 16:00 (GMT)
11 July 2014 09:10
There has been a rise in the number of dengue fever cases linked to holidays in Barbados last year
There has been a sharp rise in the number of English holidaymakers who return from their travels with dengue fever, according to new figures.
Officials at Public Health England (PHE) say cases of the viral illness reported among returning travellers rose by more than half (58%) between 2012 and 2013 - from 343 cases to 541 last year.
A PHE spokesman said dengue fever was most commonly reported in holidaymakers coming back from trips to Thailand or India. However, there was also a rise in the number of cases linked to holidays in Barbados last year.
The statistics highlight the importance of taking out medical travel insurance before travelling to Asia.
Symptoms of dengue fever, which is spread by mosquitoes, include a high temperature that can reach up to 41C, headache, pain behind the eyes, bone, muscle and joint pain, nausea and vomiting.
Dengue usually clears up by itself within one or two weeks, but a small number of people go on to develop a more serious form of the disease known as 'severe dengue', which can lead to bleeding and organ damage.
PHE also reported a significant rise in the number of chikungunya fever cases - from 15 two years ago to 24 in 2013.
Similar to dengue fever, the condition is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes and can cause fever and severe joint pain, which can last for months or even years in some cases. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and a rash.
Dr Jane Jones, travel and migrant health expert at PHE, described both dengue and chikungunya as "unpleasant" illnesses.
She added that no vaccine or other preventive medicine against the conditions exists, and the only way to avoid being infected is to try and avoid mosquito bites - particularly in the morning and evening, when the mosquitoes are at their most active.
• http:/www.world-first.co.uk/home/travel-insurance/medical-problems.aspx (medical travel insurance)
24 February 2017
Heathrow airport has issued delay and cancellation warnings, after Storm Doris reached nearly 90mph on its way to batter Britain.
23 February 2017
Bowel cancer could be cut by more than a third amid the development of a one-off screening test, new research suggests.
22 February 2017
Hundreds of thousands of people with a potentially fatal genetic blood condition have yet to be diagnosed with the condition, a charity is warning.
21 February 2017
New technology to provide detailed scans of patients could improve the recovery of people suffering with liver cancer, scientists have said.
18 February 2017
At least 10 Britons have been injured in a speedboat accident off the icy coast of Norway.
17 February 2017
Comedian David Baddiel is trying to highlight the "epidemic" of dementia as a killer of older people in a new documentary.
16 February 2017
The public has spoken and the world's favourite cruises are being honoured by a top cruise review site.
15 February 2017
The collaborative #SkiSafe campaign has been relaunched in a bid to raise safety awareness among winter sports enthusiasts.
14 February 2017
A new "age defying" hormone could offer a breakthrough in preventing kidney and heart disease in people who suffer from diabetes.
11 February 2017
Patients needing new life-saving medication could have to wait two years after the UK leaves the EU, experts are warning.
10 February 2017
Families looking to take a cheap break in the upcoming half term are often sorely disappointed, however new research suggests Cyprus is the best destination for a well-priced trip.
09 February 2017
Europe remains the world's number one region as a travel destination - but tourism growth is slowing down, a travel industry report has said.