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Dengue in the Americas and Caribbean: Update 1

21 Feb 2024

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reports continuing widespread transmission of dengue fever in countries of the Americas and the Caribbean.

The following countries have reported dengue cases from 1 January 2024 to 21 February 2024:

Argentina: 21 850 cases (19 deaths)

Bolivia: 5 326 cases (6 deaths)

Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba: 64 cases

Brazil: 664 785 cases (84 deaths)

Colombia: 34 026 cases

Costa Rica: 3 756 cases

Curaçao: 27 cases

French Guiana: 5 965 cases

Grenada: 53 cases

Guadeloupe: 1 445 cases

Guatemala: 4 861 cases

Honduras: 1 417 cases

Jamaica : 420 cases

Martinique: 1 630 cases

Mexico: 22 893 cases

Nicaragua: 17 339 cases

Panama: 2 609 cases (5 deaths)

Paraguay: 113 721 cases (24 deaths)

Peru: 13 010 cases (7 deaths)

Puerto Rico: 159 cases

Saint Barthelemy: 76 cases

Saint Kitts and Nevis: 119 cases

Saint Lucia: 3 cases

Saint Martin: 226 cases

Sint Maarten: 44 cases

Suriname: 30 cases (2 deaths)

United States of America: 94 cases (most are imported, although dengue has been transmitted in Florida in 2024)

Advice for Travellers

Dengue is an infection spread by mosquito bites and can cause a severe flu-like illness.

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.