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Canada Issues Travel Health Notice about Dengue

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  • Canada Issues Travel Health Notice about Dengue

    Don't Forget about Dengue!
    Updated: March 30, 2012

    Travel Health Notice

    Outbreaks caused by the four types of dengue virus have become increasingly frequent over the past 25 years. About 40% of the world's population lives in areas where there is a risk of dengue fever.

    The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) recommends that travellers protect themselves from mosquito bites when travelling to areas where dengue fever may occur.

    Dengue fever is the most common viral disease spread to humans by mosquitoes. It can cause severe flu-like symptoms. In some cases, it leads to dengue haemorrhagic fever, which can be fatal. There is no vaccine or medication that protects against dengue fever.

    Where is Dengue Fever a concern?

    Dengue fever occurs in most tropical and subtropical areas of the world, predominantly in urban and semi-urban areas.

    It is widespread in parts of Central and South America; the Caribbean; South and Southeast Asia; Western, Eastern, and Central Africa; and Oceania.

    In 2011, the following areas reported high dengue fever activity:

    A risk of dengue is present in South and Southeast Asia, including Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Maldives, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam.
    The Republic of the Marshall Islands experienced an outbreak of dengue in October 2011.
    South America, Central America, and the Caribbean:
    The majority of countries in this region continue to report dengue activity.
    In 2011, these countries reported a large number of dengue cases; Aruba, Bahamas, Bolivia, Brazil, Columbia, Costa Rica, Curaçao, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, and Venezuela.
    A map of the areas where dengue occurs is on the website of the World Health Organization.


    Consult a doctor, nurse or health care provider, or visit a travel health clinic preferably six weeks before you travel.

    Protect yourself from mosquito bites, particularly two to three hours after dawn and during the early evening.

    Date Modified: 2012-03-30