Dengue fever appears to be increasing in Cartagena, Colombia

There are reports that dengue fever is increasing in Cartagena. In the last 2 weeks, at least 20 children were treated at the local children's hospital. Of these, 6 children were hospitalized with 1 of them in critical care. There may be many more unreported cases of dengue since counting and reporting cases 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.

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