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Dengue in the Americas and Caribbean (Update 2)

30 Aug 2017

Dengue remains widespread in the Americas and Caribbean in August 2017. The countries with the highest number of probable cases (including confirmed) are Brazil (210 627), Peru (71 447), Nicaragua (43 956), Colombia (18 526) and Ecuador (9 713).

Affected countries are displayed below, showing case totals to 28 August 2017.

North America

United States: 93 

Central America & Mexico

Belize: 4 

Costa Rica: 3 

El Salvador: 2

Guatemala: 2 

Honduras: 3 877

Mexico: 7 073 

Nicaragua: 43 956

Andean

Panama: 4 232

Bolivia: 7 910 

Colombia: 18 526

Ecuador: 9 713 

Peru: 71 447 

Venezuela: 2 722 

Southern Cone

Argentina: 7 618 

Brazil: 210 627 

Chile: 5 

Paraguay: 1 327 

Hispanic Caribbean

Cuba: 270 

Dominican Republic: 729 

Puerto Rico: 9 

English, French & Dutch Caribbean

American Virgin Islands: 1 

Anguilla: 15 

Antigua & Barbuda: 1 

Aruba: 661 

Bahamas: 4 

Barbados: 151 

British Virgin Islands: 28

Cayman Islands: 12 

Dominica: 22 probable, 0

French Guiana: 165 

Grenada: 59

Guadaloupe: 83 

Jamaica: 64

Martinique: 73 

Saint Barthélemy: 30

St. Kitts & Nevis: 4 

St. Lucia: 14 

St. Martin: 114

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: 2 

Trinidad & Tobago: 61

Turks & Caicos Islands: 157 

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.