MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2018

Public Health England urges travelers to avoid mosquito bites

Between January and April 2013, nearly three times as many travelers from the United Kingdom were diagnosed with dengue fever, propelling officials to urge travelers to take precautions against mosquito bites.

Public Health England reported 141 cases of confirmed and probable cases of dengue fever have been reported in England, Wales and Northern Ireland between January and April 2013, compared to 51 cases during the same time in 2012.

The majority of travelers whom came back infected with dengue fever traveled to the Far East and Southeast Asia. Other travelers with confirmed cases traveled to the Caribbean and South America. Warmer clients provide better climates for mosquitoes, which carry the dengue virus, to thrive.

Dengue fever causes flu-like symptoms, severe headaches, muscle pains and rashes for its victims. It is not transmitted from human-to-human. The virus affects roughly 100 countries worldwide, mostly in tropical and subtropical regions.

"The increase in the numbers of people returning with dengue fever is concerning so we want to remind people of the need to practice strict mosquito-bite-avoidance at all times to reduce their risk of becoming unwell," Dr. Jane Jones of PHE said.

Some practices for avoiding mosquito bites include wearing long sleeved clothing and full-length pants, officials said.