Something New to Worry About? Dengue Fever Cases Pop Up in Italian Holiday Regions

by Anthony Losanno

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When you’re trekking through the jungle, on safari, or camping far from civilization, worries around exotic diseases come to mind. Tropical and sub-tropical regions have long carried warnings around the need for vaccinations for maladies like Yellow Fever. Now, you won’t have to go into the wilderness to have something new to worry about as four cases of Dengue Fever have been identified in the regions that are home to Milan and Rome with more diagnoses expected in the near future.

Italian authorities are warning that more cases will likely be identified in the near term. Dengue Fever causes symptoms like headaches, body aches, nausea, high fevers, and rashes. It’s transmitted by mosquitoes and while most people who contract the virus won’t exhibit symptoms, it can be fatal.


The Daily Record is reporting that tourists are being warned to be careful over the next few months. If you’re concerned about upcoming travel plans, there are two vaccines, sold under the names Dengvaxia and Qdenga.

Anthony’s Take: I’m not saying that it’s mandatory or even advised to get a vaccine for traveling to Italy. Cases are low and we’ll see if this increases at all. I’m always overly cautious and I wouldn’t give this much thought other than to use bug spray.

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