Dengue fever in Mexico and Central America - update

Transmission of the dengue fever virus continues to be reported by the following countries and localities:

Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador (1 death), Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico (Jalisco and Tamaulipas States report cases of dengue haemorrhagic fever; 7 deaths nationwide), Nicaragua (affected departments include Masaya, Managua, Carazo, Granada, Nueva Segovia, and Jinotega; 14 deaths) and Panama.

The number of reported cases varies widely from country to country. Belize is reporting only 56 infected people while Mexico and Nicaragua (with much larger populations) are reporting tens of thousands of infected people.

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

Advice For Travellers

The risk of exposure will vary from place to place and may be high in many localities.

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.

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