Honduras calls national health emergency

Due to a rapid increase in infections with the Dengue Virus, the government has to call in Honduras ‘ national health state of emergency. According to experts, more than 15,000 people on Dengue are suffering in Honduras since the beginning of the year-fever. 44 people have died of the tropical virus disease in 35 other cases of death is suspected to be the cause.

Minister of health of Alba Flores said it will mobilise all the relevant Bodies, in order to country wide against the yellow fever mosquito. The insect transmits the virus.

The last three months of the ongoing rains in the country could provide more breeding sites of mosquitoes and worsen the Situation, the fear of the authorities. While so far, the worst Dengue epidemic in Honduras in 2010, had died according to official figures, 83 people.

Around 400 million Infected yearly

It is estimated that around 400 million people are infected worldwide each year with the Dengue Virus, only about 25 percent of them will develop complaints. In the case of a small part of the Diseased, the disease is difficult, then it may be abdominal to pain, bleeding mucous membranes or persistent vomiting.

The risk for a severe course of the disease is increasing in the case of a second infection. According to the Robert Koch Institute, about 0.5 percent of developing up to two percent of people with a severe Form of Dengue if they are infected for the second Time.

The only safe protection against contagion, a good mosquito offers prophylaxis. While a vaccine exists for a few years. This creates, however, no one hundred percent protection. In addition, the funds should be used according to the Robert Koch Institute only for people who were ill times. Otherwise, the risk could rise to a more severe course of the disease even.

In Germany diagnose Doctors every year, between 600 and 800 infections in people who have returned from a trip. Severe courses of the disease are extremely rare. “Of the more than 4000 reported Dengue infections in travel returnees from 2013 to 2018, only 0.3 percent meet the criteria for a severe Dengue disease – none of the cases reported as deceased,” writes the Robert Koch Institute.