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Dengue in Asia and the Pacific (Update 1)

06 Sep 2017

Dengue continues to be transmitted across Asia and the Pacific.

American Samoa has reported 182 confirmed cases from 1 January to 17 August 2017.

Australia has reported 695 laboratory-confirmed dengue cases between 1 January and 31 July 2017. Some of these cases are imported: in Australia, non-imported dengue occurs only in Queensland.

Cambodia has reported 1 604 suspected dengue cases from 1 January to 8 August 2017.

China has reported a national total of 503 dengue cases from 1 January to 31 July 2017, although Guangdong Province reports 171 cases to 23 August 2017. Hong Kong reported its first local case on 7 august 2017. Macau has reported 22 cases up to 22 August 2017.

Fiji has reported 2 395 dengue cases, including six deaths from 1 January to 4 August 2017.

French Polynesia has reported 22 dengue cases from 31 July to 13 August 2017.

India has reported more than 36 000 dengue cases, including 58 deaths from 1 January to 20 August 2017.

Indonesia has reported 37 cases in Papua (in the east of the country, bordering Papua New Guinea) from 1 January to 11 August 2017.

Laos has reported 5 740 dengue cases between 1 January and 4 August 2017.

Malaysia has reported almost 60 000 cases from 1 January to 5 August 2017.

Myanmar has reported almost 15 000 cases, including 81 deaths betwwen 1 January and 22 July 2017.

Nepal has reported 10 dengue cases from 1 January to 27 August 2017.

New Caledonia reported 4 479 dengue cases from 1 January to 22 August 2017.

Pakistan has reported 738 dengue cases (including 5 deaths) from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province from 1 January to 24 August 2017.

Palau has reported 440 dengue cases (including five deaths) from 1 January to 21 August 2017.

The Philippines has reported almost 44 000 cases (including 250 deaths) between 1 January and 1 July 2017.

Samoa has reported 30 dengue cases (including two deaths) from 1 January to 14 August 2017.

Singapore has reported 1 877 dengue cases from 1 January to 24 August 2017.

Sri Lanka has reported 144 000 suspected dengue cases (including 350 deaths) between 1 January and 25 August 2017. This is an increase of 39 000 cases since the previous CDTR on 28 July. About 44% of dengue cases are reported from the Western province.

Taiwan has reported 3 cases in Kaohsiung City between 1 January ND 3 August 2017.

Thailand has reported more than 18 000 cases in 77 provinces from 1 January to 21 August 2017. This is an increase by 5 800 cases since 28 July.

Vietnam has reported more than 90 000 dengue cases (including 24 deaths) between 1 January and 18 August 2017. This is an increase of nearly 40 000 cases since 28 July 2017.

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.