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Dengue Fever in Colombia

21 Nov 2013

As of 18 November 2013, nationally, Colombia has recorded 110 000 cases of dengue fever with 129 related deaths. There are 825 municipalities affected by the outbreak with 76 in epidemic status. Localities most affected include Cali, Ibague, Cucuta, Barranquilla, Bucaramanga, and Santa Marta.

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.