We have local experience in South-East Asia in these areas as well as a history of residence in South-East Asia. So it seemed a next step to construct a course on most aspects of dengue fever.
From a low base in the past, recent years Australia has now 1000-2000 notified cases of dengue fever per year and likely at least ¾ more of asymptomatic cases.
Annual visitor numbers from Australia have risen to more than 1 million from Australia to Bali and ½ Million to Thailand. Dengue has become a rather common disease in tropical countries in South East Asia - especially in the wet or Monsoon season. A small percentage with secondary dengue infections (there are 4 strains) will be at risk of severe dengue - a disease that has been in recent times very rare in Australia.
Early recognition & management in General Practice is vital as is appropriate referral and management in hospital.