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Dengue in Africa (Update 1)

30 Aug 2017

The World Health Organisation reports continuing transmission of dengue in countries across Africa. The latest update of 25 August reports the following:

Mali: 1 case

Senegal: 1 case who had been in Cote d'Ivoire

Cote d'Ivoire: 858 cases

Kenya: 1 537 cases in Mombasa County and Wajir County.

Seychelles: 3 689 cases

Advice 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.