Ongoing Dengue Epidemic — Angola, June 2013

On April 1, 2013, the Public Health Directorate of Angola announced that six cases of dengue had been reported to the Ministry of Health of Angola (MHA). As of May 31, a total of 517 suspected dengue cases had been reported and tested for dengue with a rapid diagnostic test (RDT). A total of 313 (60.5%) specimens tested positive for dengue, including one from a patient who died.

Eric K. Noji, M.D.‘s insight:

Recent data suggest that approximately 390 million DENV infections occurred worldwide in 2010, of which 96 million resulted in symptomatic illness (4). Most persons with symptomatic DENV infection will experience an acute febrile illness characterized by fever; headache; joint, muscle, and eye pain; and minor hemorrhagic manifestations (e.g., petechiae and epistaxis) that will resolve within 1 week with bed rest, oral rehydration, and avoidance of aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications

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