By Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN, editor-in-chief emeritus
You may have heard that in late July the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an advisory on dengue infection, which can lead to dengue fever or dengue hemorrhagic fever, noting that dengue is becoming an epidemic in tropical and subtropical areas of the world, with recent or ongoing outbreaks occurring in Puerto Rico; in Key West, Florida; and the Caribbean. It’s particularly important for nurses to be alert for symptoms of dengue fever among people who have returned from travel to tropical areas. Symptoms may include fever, eye pain, joint pain, rash, and bleeding. The greatest danger is from dengue hemorrhagic fever, which can lead to death.
For more on dengue infection (including its detection, treatment, and prevention), see the April 2008 article on the topic in AJN. And as always, please let us know here if you’ve encountered it recently yourself as a clinician—or traveler.