Dengue fever in Caribbean (summary)

Nearly all the islands in the Caribbean have reported some cases of dengue fever to the Pan American Health Organization. These include Aruba, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, Grenada, Guadaloupe, Jamaica, Martinique, Netherlands Antilles, St. Bartolome, St. Kits & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Martin and St. Vincent & Grenadines. The highest number of cases has been reported by Martinique, followed by St. Martin and Guadaloupe, all of whom reported over 1,000 cases so far this year.

Not all countries have up-to-date reports, so that there may be many more cases of dengue that are not reported. Counting and reporting cases may be difficult due to lack of local access to health care. Many persons with mild illness do not seek health care. Travellers to all areas of the Caribbean where the dengue fever virus is active can reduce their risk of exposure 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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