Dengue haemorrhagic fever in Myanmar

Health authorities are reporting an increase in the number of people with the severe form of dengue fever known as dengue haemorrhagic fever. So far this year, more than 3,000 people have developed this serious illness and 15 have died in Yangon, Bago, Sagaing, Ayeyawady, Tanintharyi, and Shan.

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Advice For Travellers

Since only a relatively small number of people infected with the dengue fever virus develop the more severe dengue haemorrhagic fever, it can be assumed that there are many more people in the community infected with this virus. 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.