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Dengue Fever - Incidence and deaths increasing

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This is my first post and I apologies for its length.

This is our first trip to SE Asia and my first posting on the Forum. I have been here lurking since March 2013 and thanks to fellow Fodorites, especially, Kathie, yestravel, wkwb42a, rhkkmk, simpsonc510, dgunbug, crellston and all other Fodorits have been able to plan our trip without any questions until now.

My question, concerns and risks are re Dengue Fever and the prevalence and extent found or not in the places we will be visiting.

Thanks to Richard Barrow’s blog where I have been following the Political turmoil I came across an article re Dengue Fever which I already knew was fairly wide spread but this and other articles I have subsequently turned up has me quite alarmed as it seems it is spreading in epidemic proportions. I have listed the links below to my research as well as my itinerary and would appreciate any additional information anyone may have as well as any helpful advise.

While I am in very good health and hiking fit I am 68yo but have a mechanical aortic heart valve and take the blood thinner coumadin/warfarin. I bring this up because it appears that if one contracts Dengue Fever one of the strains may cause internal bleeding and being on blood thinners I bleed much more easily and appears to be at increased risk.

Based on the information I have read I am seriously contemplating canceling (not going) to Cambodia and Vietnam and substituting China (Shanghai and Beijing) and Japan (Tokyo and Kyoto).

I look forward to any input anyone can offer.

Many thanks in advance.


Current Itinerary:

Bangkok – 7 days – February 28 – March 6
Siem Reap – 4 days – March 7 – March 10
Hanoi – 3 days : Halong Bay 2 nights – March 11 – March 15
Saigon (HCMC) – 4 days - March 16 – March 19
Phuket – 6 days – March 20 – March 25 (have use of a friend’s house)
Hong Kong – 5 days – March 26 – March 30

Dengue fever links: (interactive map – click on red dots/spots0 and then scroll down the latest posts to 16 Oct 2013 Dengue/DHF Update (83): Asia

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