March 2014 Dengue Fever
Posted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 3:47 pm
We just spent an idyllic 10 days in Tobago ... and Steve it was great meeting you and your wife at Hibiscus Heights .... but unfortunately my MD husband had the misfortune to come down with Dengue Fever. We did have bug spray with us ... but you know how it is when on vacation and having such a great time ... and seriously we only saw about three mosquitoes the entire trip! I think the day we should have been most vigilant and perhaps were not ,was a trip up to Spryside .. side trips to Argyle Falls and Little Tobago ... as this fits the timeline of the onset of symptoms.. which began on the plane home when he had a fever and severe chills, headache and pain behind his eyes. By the time we arrived back in NS he was complaining of severe joint pain and generalized all over aching. Two days later a rash ( which looked like pin prick scabs) developed on his back and blood work showed a marked drop in his white blood count ( another red flag for Dengue) Normally an infection sends the WBC high. As the week progressed the rash progressed all over his body and looked more like a measles rash. With a busy medical practice he struggled through the week but is spending the weekend under the covers which is probably were he should have been all week according to the literature. More blood work has been done and if anything comes back on this I will re post. This would certainly not stop either of us visiting Tobago again as we found it a truly magical place, with special people and felt the safest we ever did on a beach vacation I would just like to give future guests a heads up to 1) Be aware of the risks as Dengue is there 2) Use mosquito repellant liberally ..esp if you will be walking in the rain forest or other rural spots.