Dengue fever fact sheet


Nov 7, 2007
Dengue Fever warning Buenos Aires province, Argentina, South America

Dengue fever is a serious viral disease spread by the bite of infected mosquitoes. As there is no vaccine to protect against dengue fever, travellers are advised to use insect repellent, wear protective clothing, and stay in lodgings where there are mosquito screens on windows and doors. If you feel unwell during your trip or in the first two weeks after your return, you are advised to seek immediate medical advice.

You must between dusk and dawns wear insect repellent and get yourself a net or ensure that open windows are screened. Add to that, wearing repellent like you do sun screen during the day – I am dive bombed by the blighters when visiting Palermo parks, especially in shaded areas.

I want to elaborate on feeling ill and start by saying that if you take ill during your trip to Argentina and shortly after, even if you do not recall getting bitten by a mosquito seek immediate medical attention and avoid non-steroid-anti-inflammatory medications such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen and any other branded medications that you are not sure of for muscular skeletal conditions or simple headaches or period pains.

The symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle and joint pains
  • Nausea / vomiting
  • Rash
  • Hemorrhagic manifestations

Dengue Fever Argentina

As usual the media have blown the problem of Dengue Fever in Argentina completely out of proportion, but it is still very important that visitors and expatriates take note of some very important preventative strategies whilst residing in the province of Buenos Aires and especially when travelling to the North of Argentina where Dengue is more prevalent.
As the climate cools in Buenos Aires province the numbers of mosquitoes will decline and the risk diminishes somewhat, but like most health concerns – PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE.

Dengue Fever is spread by mosquitoes. Very simply a mosquito biting an infected host, then dines on you or me, and infects their new host.

1.Prevention is about stopping mosquitoes multiplying in numbers

Mosquitoes can only multiply where there is water and will lay their eggs on the walls of any receptacle (container) that will hold water. The eggs hatch once submerged and the lifecycle from egg to blood sucker takes just eight days to complete. So, remove anything outside your homes that might hold water and check your own perimeter for possible hazards after each rain.

2.Identifying and Isolating those infected quickly

The health authorities are well prepared in the province of Buenos Aires and a rapid preventative campaign is taking shape to both educate and protect the public. But the rapid detection of those infected and their isolation is a must.

3.Avoiding mosquito bites – day and night.

Wear insect repellent at all times, particularly between dusk and dawn.
Sleep indoors and ensure that windows are closed and you use the air conditioning.
Spray your rooms after closing the windows or but plug in devices that provide constant fumigation.

4.See a doctor if you get flu like symptoms and avoid non-steroid-ant-inflammatory medications – Take only Paracetamol.

Buenos Aires and Argentina Dengue fever fact sheet by Buenos Aires Stay and BAStay Luxury.