CDC_MMWR_squareThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released an article via its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report detailing a recent epidemic of dengue in Angola.  Six cases of dengue, or DENV, were initially reported to the Ministry of Health of Angola on April 1, 2013. Since then, 517 suspected cases of the virus have been discovered and tested.  Out of the specimens tested, 313 or 60.5 percent now have tested positive, and one infected patient is reported to have died from the disease.

The dengue infection is caused by one of four viruses transmitted by mosquitoes, and it is the leading cause of death in the tropics and subtropics.  Reports of the dangerous infection have come from seven countries on four continents and have included 79 individuals from Portugal who recently traveled to Luanda, the capital city of Angola where people live in densely populated urban slums where access to healthcare is limited.

Because oil commerce attracts many international business travelers to Angola, the CDC’s report includes recommendations for travelers as well as clinicians.

To read the CDC’s report on the dengue epidemic, click here.