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Dengue Fever in Tanzania

04 Feb 2014

An increase in the number of dengue fever cases has been reported in the city of Dar es Salaam on the east coast of Tanzania. One private clinic has recorded 10 confirmed cases since the middle of December 2013, with an increase in the past two weeks. Most of these cases of dengue fever have been in expatriate residents of Dar es Salaam.

The Ministry of Health for Tanzania has been made aware and is assisting with serological testing of suspected cases.

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.