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Informing Doctors to Better Understand Tropical Diseases in Returned Travellers

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Understanding Dengue
Including Severe Dengue

Recognise and manage appropriately cases of Severe Dengue as separate from simple Dengue (Primary Dengue.) This course distills the knowledge gained from personally working in the field in Southeast Asia as well as studying hundreds of papers and articles.
  • Dengue Useful Links
  • References by slide
  • WHO Warning Signs and Patient Handout
The main goal of the course is to increase the chance doctors will not miss the warning and critical signs that may lead to poor patient outcomes. More effective pretravel advice by doctors regarding Dengue for travellers especially to Southeast Asia is a secondary benefit.
Please note also that this course is not formally accredited.

We think that optimum management depends on a having a combined background of:

Travel medicine
Tropical medicine
Infectious diseases
All round medicine
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.

Top Articles

21 Oct 2019
The idea for this resource/training came over some years after seeing the management of returned travellers in Australia. I compared my experience living & working in tropical countries with working in Australia in General Practice (urban, rural) and in hospital emergency departments. Moving between tropical countries and Australia, I could see both sides.
17 Oct 2019
I have had a long term interest in tropical medicine; it started sometime after my parents relocated to Hyderabad in central India in 1978. Very close to Hyderabad airport the building still stood (as it does today) where Sir Ronald Ross found that mosquitoes carried malaria.
16 Oct 2019
What are the other ways one can attain knowledge in Travel and Tropical Medicine? → Travel & Tropical Medicine Societies & Conferences.
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