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Old 06-09-2007
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Exclamation Dengue Fever Epidemic - S.E. Asia Countries

This very important cautionary notice is directed to Cruisers in Indonesia; Malaysia; Thailand; Philippines; Burma and Northern Territory-Australia. (incl. the Cruising Rally leaving Darwin shortly for Langkawi - Malaysia via Indonesia and Singapore).

"The Health Authorities of South East Asian Countries are reporting serious outbreaks of Dengue Fever in epidemic proportions".

Full Details & important information.

Please propogate.
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You DO NOT Want to Get This!

For those who may not know about Dengue Fever, I can tell you firsthand you absolutely DO NOT WANT TO GET IT!

When I was 17 and living in Indonesia with my Foreign Service parents, I contracted Dengue Fever. Although a healthy young man, I was bedridden and delirious for almost 3 days. Miserable stuff.

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I think it would be wise to get the danger into proportions.
You run a greater risk of ending up in a traffic accident just by going ashore than catching Dengue Fever, Sars and Bird flue together in the region.

Have been living in Langkawi for more than a year now, and where the 'problem' mainly excists is in squatters areas, remote villages and 'low-cost' urban areas.
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Having had Dengue in French Polynesia, it is defintely worth taking precautions against, especially if you are the first one in a crowd who gets bit by mosquitos. It is possible to catch it anywhere in the tropics, but there are epidemics which flare up occasionally.

I remember seeing a guy in a bar in St Martin with a hooded sweatshirt on happily telling his mates that he was having chills because he had Dengue. In a week, any mosquito in the bar which bit him would be ready to spread the disease to the other patrons--thanks a lot!
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