Dengue Fever is widespread in the Dominican Republic

For the first 17 weeks of 2012, national surveillance has reported a total of 6,170 dengue fever cases from all 24 provinces in the Dominican Republic. At least 100 of these cases have been serious (dengue hemorrhagic fever) and 13 have died.

Travellers to this country can reduce their risk of exposure to dengue fever virus by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Tourists in resort destinations should also avoid mosquito bites. Many persons with dengue fever may not seek medical care and may not be reported to health authorities. There may be many more cases in the community that are not reported.

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