César Department in Colombia declares dengue fever emergency

Health authorities have declared a health emergency in César. To date, 934 cases of dengue fever have been reported along with 3 deaths. Most of the infections have been reported from Valledupar, Aguachica and Curumaní. This number of reported cases is 4 times the number reported in the same time period last year.

Across the entire country, dengue fever outbreaks are affecting 22 of Colombia's 32 departments. Nationally, at least 8,000 cases have been reported along with 300 cases of the severe dengue haemorrhagic fever and 9 deaths.

There may be many more unreported cases since counting andreporting may be hampered by lack of local access to health care, and manypersons with mild illness may not seek health care. Travellers to areas wherethe dengue fever virus is active can reduce their risk of exposure to denguefever virus by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Dengue Fever.

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