Ibiza issues dengue fever alert

By Harry Kemble
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Health chiefs have issued an alert over the risk of dengue fever on Ibiza, ahead of the summer season.

Authorities on the island say the risk of catching dengue fever is low but between May and November the risk is likely to become moderate.

The warning follows two cases of the disease in German tourists, who had been on Ibiza last year.

Last month, health officials in Germany alerted Spain to two cases of dengue – one of which was ‘absolutely confirmed’ and the other which was ‘probable’ – as well as four cases with compatible symptoms.

The confirmed case is a 27-year-old woman who was in Ibiza between 23 and 30 August with her partner and 13-month-old daughter. The three started to show symptoms of fever, joint pain and rash on 31 August, the Mirror reports.

Tests performed on the woman confirmed a diagnosis of dengue.

The probable case is of a 37-year-old woman who travelled to Ibiza and was in the same town as the first case, together with her partner and her nine-year-old son from 6-13 October 2022.

All three started to show symptoms between 12 and 15 October.

Dengue fever was first detected in Ibiza in 2014.

The NHS website says dengue fever symptoms usually start to appear between four to 10 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

Symptoms include a high temperature, a severe headache, muscle pains, feeling sick, swollen glands and a blotchy rash across the body.

Some people get a more severe type of dengue a few days after they first start feeling ill.

Health officials in the Balearics say they are taking all steps to minimise risks, including checks for the Aedes Albopictus mosquito, tracking tourists and holding health meetings.

Spanish Health Minister Carolina Darias said: “We’re monitoring the situation, as we always do.”

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