The good news is, medical researchers predict a viable vaccine against dengue will be available by 2016. The virus is spreading and it is expected that between 100,000 and 200,000 cases will be detected in Thailand this year alone. So far this year Fiji has recorded over 10,000 cases and incidences have been reportedly increasing in all Pacific countries including Vanuatu.
There are four strains of the disease and having one, does not provide immunity against the other three. In Thailand, I have contracted dengue twice. It is the only time in my life where I remember hoping I would die in my sleep.
Take care Del. I am sure you know the routine, but for those who do not: Wear enclosed shoes, socks, long trousers, a long sleeved shirt. Be particularly careful around dawn and dusk. The major carrier (Aedes aegypti mozzie) is more active close to the ground. Wear a good DEET based repellent.
There is no cure for dengue, but the death rate is relatively low. In undeveloped regions it is between 1% and 5%. Where treatment is available, it is less than 1%.
It is mightily unpleasant and is called 'breakbone fever' for a good reason. The mosquito, according to WHO, is the world's most dangerous creature. Bites account directly for more than 1,000,000 deaths per year. Worldwide, one child dies from malaria every 30 seconds.
"if at first you don't succeed....Redefine success"!