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Dengue in Africa

26 Jul 2017

Cote d'Ivoire reported 481 suspected dengue cases (224 are confirmed, 2 deaths) from 1 January to 4 July 2017. Most cases have occurred in Abidjan.

Kenya reported 1 199 dengue cases, with 1 death, from 1 January to 11 July 2017. Cases have been reported in Mombasa (1 117) and Wajir (82) Counties.

La Reunion reported 54 dengue cases from 1 January to 12 July.

Togo reported 12 confirmed dengue cases from 1 January to 18 June 2017.

Recommendations for Travellers

The best way to avoid infection is to prevent mosquito bites.  As the transmitting mosquitoes bite from dawn until dusk, long clothing should be worn and repellents should be used all day.

See also information about insect bite avoidance.

Medical attention must be sought for any feverish illness experienced whilst travelling or on your return home.

There is no vaccine against dengue fever for travellers.

A vaccine for use in people living in dengue affected countries aged between 9 – 45 years is available in Costa Rica, Brazil, Mexico and the Phillippines.

For further information see Dengue Fever.