The outbreak of dengue fever in Madeira was first reported on 3 October 2012 is continuing. As of 18 November, the Portuguese Ministry of Health has reported a total of 1672 cases.
Since the beginning of the outbreak, 100 patients have been hospitalised and five currently remain in hospital. So far, 33 cases of dengue fever have been reported in other European travellers after returning from the island: cases have been reported from the UK (12), mainland Portugal (10), Germany (seven), France (two), Sweden (one) and Finland (one).
The latest risk assessment from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) suggests that the outbreak is still on-going and its exact development cannot be anticipated at this point of time. It is expected that cases in residents and travellers to Madeira will continue to be reported until the mosquito population is decreased and transmission interrupted.
Madeira is a popular winter sun destination for UK travellers and the HPA continues to advise people going on holiday to Madeira to take precautions like using repellents throughout the whole day to avoid mosquito bites. If you develop ‘flu like’ symptoms within 21 days of returning from Madeira you should seek medical advice either from NHS Direct or your GP.
This is the final statement the HPA will issue on this incident, unless there is a development with UK public health significance.The Directorate-General of Health in Portugal hasn't updated its dengue reports since November 21, but I'll keep checking from time to time.