Three cases of dengue fever in Antigua and Barbuda

The 3 reported cases of dengue fever in Antigua and Barbuda illustrate the on-going risk of exposure to dengue fever in the Caribbean area. Although these cases do not represent an outbreak, there are sporadic cases often reported throughout the island nations. Cases have been reported in Barbados, Belize, Grenada, Suriname and St. Vincent and the Grenadines this year with the peak of transmission usually in the first 3 months of the year.

Due to incomplete reporting, lack of access to health care in some areas, and the fact that many persons with dengue fever may not seek medical care and be reported to health authorities, there may be many more cases in the community than are reported. Travellers to these areas can reduce their risk of exposure to dengue fever virus by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

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