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Dengue Fever in China

06 Sep 2013

The number of confirmed dengue fever cases in an outbreak in a prefecture of southwest China's Yunnan Province has risen to 581. The cases include 14 originating from neighbouring countries, including Myanmar, Laos and Thailand.

Of the confirmed cases, 409 had recovered, 116 remain hospitalized and 56 others have been isolated at home for treatment.

There have been no deaths reported since the outbreak was first reported in Dai Autonomous Prefecture of Xishuangbanna on 15 August 2013.

Advice for Travellers

Avoidance of mosquito bites, particularly during daylight hours, by covering up with clothing, the use of bite avoidance measures such as repellent and bed nets is advised. Elimination of breeding sites around hotel rooms/houses is advised for longer term stays.