Dengue fever alerts in Central America (update

Authorities in 4 nations in Central America (Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and El Salvador) are alarmed at the scope of the dengue fever problem this year. These countries have issued formal health alerts while Guatemala and Panama report they are monitoring the situation. Across the Region there have been at least 30,000 infected people. Honduras has been especially hard hit with 8,380 cases of ordinary dengue, 1,219 cases of dengue haemorrhagic fever and 10 deaths.

There may be many more unreported cases since counting and reporting may be hampered by lack of local access to health care, and many persons with mild illness may not seek health care. Travellers to areas where the dengue fever virus is active can reduce their risk of exposure to dengue fever 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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