The Spanish government say there is a “moderate” risk of people getting the fever during the summer
An urgent warning has been issued to UK tourists travelling to Spain amid an infection outbreak.
The Spanish Government says cases of the potentially deadly dengue fever have been found in Ibiza, with fears the bug could spread during the busy summer months. Health bosses on the island said six German tourists were reportedly infected between May and November last year, with fears a second wave could be on the horizon.
The national government in Spain said there is a “moderate” risk of tourists catching the fever if they head to the country this summer. Dengue fever is spread by mosquitoes and can be deadly to vulnerable people.
Symptoms usually start 4 to 10 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito, according to the NHS. They include a high temperature, severe headache, blotchy rash made up of flat or slightly raised spots and swollen glands.
Some people get a more severe type of dengue a few days after they first started feeling ill which can include repeatedly being sick and bleeding gums or nose. One confirmed case among the German tourists in Ibiza was a 27-year-old woman who was in Ibiza last August with her partner and their 14-month-old daughter, BirminghamLive reports.
All three had symptoms on August 31, but tests were only performed on the woman who was then diagnosed with dengue. Another case involves a 37-year-old woman who – with her partner and 12-year-old son – also showed symptoms of the bug on the last day of her October stay.
Spanish health officials believe the bug could have been spread by a holidaymaker from Mexico who only displayed symptoms after arriving on the island.
Source: Lancs Live