Widespread dengue fever in India

With almost 100,000 dengue fever cases and 220 deaths reported by the states of Maharashtra, Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala, Punjab, Haryana, West Bengal and Orissa, the risk of exposure to this virus is widespread. Due to under-reporting of cases, the number of infected people is likely to be much grater than the statistics indicate.

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Advice For Travellers

The absence of reports from other states does not mean that there is no dengue fever transmission there. 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.