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Dengue Virus in Argentina

February 18, 2016  

Recently, there have been reports of increased outbreaks of dengue in the northeast region of Argentina.

Dengue is caused by a virus spread through mosquito bites, and symptoms (which usually last about a week) typically include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, rash, and pain in the eyes, joints and muscles. The major areas at risk are in the Misiones and Formosa Provinces, which are about 12 hours by car from Buenos Aires. This is a considerable distance from IFSA-Butler program locations, however there is a chance that infections could happen in urban areas during the Argentina summer due to the higher density of mosquitos and muggy climate.

While there is no immediate threat to student health or safety, we’d like to provide additional information regarding this virus. For the average traveler, it seems the risk is the same as the other vector borne diseases in the region such as yellow fever or chikungunya. The best advice for students is to protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites:

Resources for Protecting
Yourself How to Avoid Bug Bites: wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/avoid-bug-bites
Insect Repellent Use and Safety: www.cdc.gov/westnile/faq/repellent.html   

Information on Other Mosquito-borne Diseases
Chikungunya: wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/diseases/chikungunya
Yellow fever: wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/diseases/yellow-fever
Zika: www.cdc.gov/zika/ 

Information on Dengue:
World Health Organization
Center for Disease Control  

We will continue to monitor this situation and provide any relevant updates. 

Please contact Eryn Espín-Kudzinski, Director of Health, Safety and Security with any questions or concerns.

 
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