Chikungunya and dengue fever leave hundreds of thousands sick in India in 2016

Chikungunya and dengue fever have been widespread throughout India in 2016 and have left hundreds of thousands of people sick and hundreds dead. The following are areas affected most by dengue fever:

  • New Delhi –101,000 cases, 210 deaths
  • West Bengal – 11,000 people infected, 28 deaths
  • Punjab – 10,398 people infected
  • Odisha – 8,331 cases
  • Gujarat – 7,760 people infected, 14 deaths
  • Uttar Pradesh – 7,430 people infected, 41 deaths

Chikungunya has hit the western state of Karnataka hard with more than 12,905 people infected. Other areas affected by chikungunya are:

  • Bangalore – 12,116 people infected
  • Maharashtra – 6,474 cases
  • Haryana – 5,336 people infected
  • Punjab – 4,134 people infected

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

Advice For Travellers

All travellers to areas where these viruses are active can reduce their risk of exposure by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Many persons with dengue or chikungunya infections do not seek medical care and are not reported to health authorities. There may be many more cases in the community than the reports indicate.

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