Dengue in Pakistan
20 Oct 2022
World Health Organization report that from 1 January 2022 until 27 September 2022, Pakistan have reported 25,932 confirmed cases of dengue fever with 62 deaths. 74% of the cases were reported in the month of September. The recent flood crisis that began in mid-June has caused the sudden rise in cases.
Dengue fever is an infection found in tropical and subtropical climates worldwide. It is spread by mosquito bites and can cause a severe flu-like illness.
There is no vaccine against dengue licensed 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 Pakistan, you are potentially at risk of dengue fever and should be aware of this infection.
- You can protect yourself by avoiding mosquito bites at all times.
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.
For information on other potential health risks associated with the flooding in Pakistan, please see the news item posted on 2 September 2022.