Dengue fever is common in temperate and tropical South America

Countries in South America that are reporting large numbers of dengue fever cases include:

  • Colombia - 59,926 cases with 44 deaths
  • Ecuador - almost 41,000 cases with 5 deaths
  • Peru - more than 50,000 cases with 45 deaths
  • Venezuela - 16,506 cases but no deaths
  • Argentina - slightly more than 3,000 cases but no deaths
  • Brazil - more than 959,000 cases with 614 deaths

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Advice For Travellers

Dengue fever virus is widespread in temperate and tropical areas. Almost any municipality may have cases of dengue fever. 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.