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Dengue Fever

An increasing danger

Dengue carrying mosquito

Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral disease and an endemic that has spread over more than 120 countries throughout Latin America, the Pacific, Asia and the southern USA. There are four dengue virus stereotypes which are continuing to spread rapidly and you need to be aware if you live or travel in these areas.

According to the WHO, dengue is the fastest growing mosquito-borne disease in the world today, causing nearly 400 million infections every year. In the last 50 years dengue has spread from being present in a handful of countries to an endemic in 128 countries, where about 4 billion people live, and dengue incidence has likewise increased 30-fold in this time

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Zika virus

The ‘new’ fear and concern for the Rio Olympics

The mosquito that spreads Zika Virus, Dengue Fever, Yellow Fever, Japanese Encephalitis and West Nile Virus.

Zika virus has headlined in the news (January 2016) and it’s being blamed for spreading Microcephaly, a birth defect occurring in thousands of newborn children particularly in Brazil. Although Zika virus is not a killer, it provokes an emotional reaction because the associated spread of Microcephaly affects our ability to reproduce.

“While zika seems to be spreading in the wild, it is also a registered – patented organism that can be purchased by almost anyone, so why has the issue of patent ownership of the Zika virus not been the object of media

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Shingles

Makes one itchy and scratchy

A fresh outbreak of shingles

Shingles is caused by the virus called herpes zoster, a normally dormant form of the virus ‘varicella zoster’ which causes chickenpox.

While Chickenpox is very common in children and usually only causes mild illness. Once someone has had chickenpox, they are immune to further infection. However, the virus remains in the body for life.

Normally, the varicella virus lies dormant and does not cause any further health problems. But if the immune system, which normally protects the body against infection is weakened, the virus can reactivate and cause shingles.

These often appear on the chest and back, and they begin with a reddening of the skin followed by a

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