Since the first autochthonous case of dengue fever in Uruguay was reported to WHO, further cases have been identified in the country. As of 1 March 2016, a total of 570 suspected cases and 17 confirmed cases have been recorded. Most of the cases have occurred in three departments: Montevideo (59%), Canelones (17%) and Salto (4%).
Advice for Travellers
Avoidance of mosquito bites, particularly during daylight hours, is recommended. Bite avoidance measures include: covering up with clothing, the use of insect repellent and bed nets impregnated with insecticide. Reduction of mosquito breeding sites around hotel rooms/homes is advised for longer term stays.