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Dengue epidemic in Paraguay?

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1. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 8y

I wondered if anyone has first-hand information on the alleged Dengue epidemic in Paraguay, as I was planning to go there later this year (november). Worst affected areas? Seriousness of the whole thing? Known disruption of bus/boat services? I tried to get some information off the web, but found very little that struck me as particularly reliable.

Thanks,
Niels

2. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 8y

I was there last summer,07. We had been warned by everyone not to go, that we could die etc...... there are many horror stories. The main thing is to be aware, ensuring you've got mozzie repellent, have arms and legs covered around dusk and dawn, etc....when walking around asuncion and other towns there a posters on the streets about minimizing the effect of the spread, from a traveller point of view, avoid places with still stagnant water, old plant pots on the street, sometimes around piles of tires there was rubbish and stale water where the mozzies were breathing.. which part of paraguay are you going to ? when we were there we took boats and buses and nothing was disturbed because of it....in certain areas there are less buses in general....the tourist office once over there are really helpful but their english is minimal, if you have basic spanish then you will have an advantage in the larger areas, in the smaller towns they speak a local dialect but we always found someone who could help.....

3. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 8y

I appreciate your reply rraven, but this is precisely the kind of information that is not very helpful to me. I am well aware of how to avoid contracting Dengue; I was looking for something beyond the very general.

Mainly planning to visit Bocquerón and Alto Paraguay departments, should have mentioned that. Entering from Brazil (Ponta Porã), so Amambay is also on the list. Anyone with particulars for those three departments, please let me know.

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 8y

Dengue is mainly limited to larger urban areas, so if you avoid Asuncion and Ciudad del Este and maybe a few others (altough I think that's it), you probably will be fine. Although this is general as well and might not be very helpful in that case, this is how it is and otherwise it's best to stay home.
And if you do get sick, well, if it is the first time, no problems I would say. You will just be sick
Heard that second or even third times getting dengue is much worse and can be fatal.
And then again, it was a year ago.
There was one near Cairns a while ago, but haven't worried when I was there. Just the general risk of getting sick.
The only thing I am afraid off is rabies, the rest is peanuts

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 12, 2008, at 7:52 AM by Utrecht ]

5. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 8y

what type of information are you looking for ? How specific? The problem of Dengue changes regions and when we had asked a local doctor about it in filadelphia he said that information that is spread is out of date and that if you want specifics you should contact the tourist office , embassys or a health group in Paraguay itself.

We arrived from the argentinian side, the areas we were in were Asuncion, Concepcion (from here we travelled up the Rio Paraguay by cargo boat), Puerto Olimpio, Vaille Mi, Filadelphia...we had originally planned to get a tour up the chaco but they were over our budget so we took a local bus through it...i have numbers at home for the tourist offices in those areas if you want to contact them directly....

Sorry if none of this is helpful..

6. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 8y

Have you checked the current situation?

Or recent outbreakes of diseases in the Americas?

7. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 8y

there is no medizin(pills) or vaccination for dengue like there is for Malaria or yellow fever.
Rraven is right,about the only things you can do.
I had 2 times dengue it is no fun.It is not like the flu,even it starts almost like one and if you think you feel not so bad anymore and the high fever is down it will hit you again even harder.

8. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 8y

Quoting Utrecht

Have you checked the current situation?

Or recent outbreakes of diseases in the Americas?

Now that is an exceptionally useful link, Utrecht. I visited the PAHO website but this I couldn't find, thanks! And sorry if I sounded a bit harsh in my earlier post; shouldn't type in great haste.

9. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 8y

Rio Dengue Outbreak