Dengue spreads in Madeira archipelago: officials

Dengue has spread in Portugal's Madeira archipelago since it appeared last week and there are now 18 confirmed cases, health officials said Wednesday.

Another 191 people are suspected of having contracted the virus which is spread by .

"The existence of epidemic activity of the DEN-1 serotype of dengue is confirmed," the health directorate general (DGS) said, adding that 26 people had been taken to hospital but only 11 were still there Wednesday morning.

Portuguese health authorities had last Thursday reported two cases of full-blown mosquito-borne dengue on the popular tourist archipelago and said another 22 people were suspected of carrying the virus that causes the fever.

Authorities said the outbreak was "not unexpected as the mosquitoes' existence on the island has been known since 2005", but no one had been infected so far.

Health officials called on residents to use protection against mosquito bites and asked airlines to step up precautions so the mosquitoes do not spread.

Dengue is spread by one of four viruses transmitted by the . It causes , headaches, itching and joint pains. At an advanced stage it can lead to haemorrhaging and death.

According to the UN's , between 50 and 100 million dengue infections occur each year in more than 100 countries. In 1970, the disease was endemic in just nine countries.

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