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Madeira Tourism News Useful Information
It is our responsibility to prevent those who visit Madeira that there are confirmed cases of dengue fever in the island. Since 2005 that Funchal has the mosquito Aedes aegypti, a vector for transmitting several tropical deseases, such as dengue and yellow fevers. Until end of September 2012 there were no cases of dengue fever in Madeira so the mosquitos were here but did not carry any desease but now, there has been a few people with this desease and so the Aedes aegypti mosquitos are prone to transmit it.
Dengue fever is a common desease in tropical and subtropical regions all over the world and is now endemic to more than 110 countries. There are four strains of the virus (DENV-1, DENV-2, DENV-3 and DENV-4) and in Madeira we only get the DENV-1 which is the least severe one.
The Aedes aegypti mosquitos are easily identified by its blackish body with white markings on legs and part of the body. They normally fly low, like indoor and shady areas and bite during day time.
The characteristic symptoms of dengue are sudden-onset fever, headache (typically located behind the eyes), muscle and joint pains and rash. Children often experience vomiting and diarrhea though generally have less severe symptoms than adults. During your stay or within 14 days after returning home, if you feel any of the dengue symptoms, do not take acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin) and other anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen), you may take paracetamol to control the fever and pains until you get to the doctor and you should tell the doctor it might be dengue fever.
In Madeira the Aedes aegypti mosquitos are only found, so far, in Santa Cruz, Funchal and Câmara de Lobos and on the lower altitudes of these councils.
Personal protective measures can be taken to reduce the risk of being bitten by an infected mosquito:
This article was written for Madeira tourists to be aware of this problem but not to push them away from our beautiful island.
Madeira Events News Useful Information
On the night of July 18, 2012 a huge wild fire developed in the west outskirts of Funchal city, more precisely in Palheiro Ferreiro. Several people were affected by this event and two Hotels have been evacuated under precautionary measures, though not a single tourist was injured during this process.
Between Thursday and Sunday several other fires erupted all over Madeira: São Gonçalo, Gaula, Assomada, Camacha, Águas Mansas, Achadas da Cruz, Porto Moniz, Santo da Serra, Ponta do Pargo, Lombada dos Marinheiros, Machico, Caniçal, Ribeira Brava, Paúl da Serra.
Current assessment is that all wildfires have been extinguished and are being monitored for possible re-ignitions. During the last four days no deadly victims have been reported.
Our update comes late, because we had to help family, friends and customers.
We strongly recommend that before starting your journey in Madeira you check which roads have been blocked. If you are a tourist ask advice from your Hotel reception.
Madeira Tourism News Madeira Walks Useful Information
For those who like to walk or trekking, here is the list of footpaths and levada walks recommended by the Madeira Government, officially updated on the 30th of April 2012. These pedestrian paths are considered safe and in good condition for Madeira and Porto Santo visitants to walk and enjoy the islands' nature and landscapes.
The list below has the portuguese name of the paths. This way you should be aware of some portuguese words:
Recommended pedestrian paths/levada walks in the Island of Madeira
Recommended pedestrian paths/levada walks in the Island of Porto Santo
Source: JORAM - Jornal Oficial da Região Autónoma da Madeira, Série II, nº 74 de 30 de Abril 2012
Madeira Walks Useful Information
There has been some fatal accidents during levada walks and most of them could have been prevented, so we here present some safety guidelines for people walking on levadas:
Due to the recent forest fires and still due to the February floods some of the recommended footpaths and levada walks in Madeira Island are closed to public:
The road between Poiso and Pico do Areeiro will be closed until the 10th September 2010 for cleaning works.
Though Madeira still have several levada walks and footpaths to offer to trekking lovers and these are the paths and levadas which are in good conditions:
In Porto Santo island all paths are open and in good conditions.
Source: Madeira tourism board and Madeira Civil Defense
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