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Dengue in India

13 Jul 2022

According to Indian media, public health officials have warned of the spread of dengue fever with the arrival of the monsoon rains. Between 1 January 2022 and 31 May 2022 there were 10 172 cases of dengue in India, with 150 cases in Delhi.

Dengue fever has become more common in India in recent years with numbers rising from 44 585 cases in 2020 to 193 245 cases in 2021.

Dengue is an infection found in tropical and sub-tropical climates worldwide. It is spread by mosquito bites and can cause a severe flu-like illness.

There is no vaccine against dengue in the UK. 

Advice for Travellers

The mosquitoes which transmit dengue bite during the day, between dawn and dusk.  They are particularly persistent and aggressive.

If you are travelling to an affected region, you are potentially at risk of dengue fever and should be aware of this infection.

If you develop a high temperature (fever) either during or after travelling to an affected area, you should seek medical advice as soon as possible and give details of your recent travel history.

For further information see the dengue fever page.