Dengue fever in Mexico and Central America

Dengue fever occurs frequently in tropical and semi-tropical countries in the Americas. Mexico and some countries in Central America are currently reporting cases of this infection as follows:

Mexico: so far almost 140,000 suspected and confirmed cases nationwide, reported by almost every state, with 15 deaths. Affected states include:

  • Colima
  • Chiapas
  • Guerrero
  • Jalisco - Municipalities most affected: Guadalajara, Zapopan, Puerto Vallarta
  • Michoacan
  • Morelos - Municipalities most affected: Jojutla, Temixco, Cuernavaca, Xochitepec, and Jiutepec
  • Sonora
  • Tamaulipas
  • Veracruz
  • Yucatan

Costa Rica: 4,240 cases nationwide

Belize: almost 400 cases nationwide

El Salvador: at least 35,000 cases nationwide

Guatemala: more than 12,700 cases with 1 death

Honduras: almost 38,000 cases

Nicaragua: more than 27,000 cases with 6 deaths

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

Advice For Travellers

All travellers to areas where the dengue fever virus is active can reduce their risk of exposure by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Many persons with dengue fever 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.