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Dengue in the Americas and Caribbean

27 Jul 2017

Dengue remains widespread in the Americas and Caribbean in July 2017. The countries with the highest number of probable cases (including laboratory confirmed) are Brazil (144 326), Peru (66 687), Nicaragua (31 892), Colombia (14 522) and Ecuador (8576).

Affected countries are displayed below, showing case totals on 7 July 2017.

North America

USA: 49 probable cases, 49 confirmed 

Central America & Mexico

Costa Rica: 2 018 probable cases, 0 confirmed 

El Salvador: 2 021 probable cases, 45 confirmed 

Guatemala: 794 probable cases, 98 confirmed

Honduras: 2 894 probable cases, 0 confirmed

Mexico: 3 782 probable cases, 1 793 confirmed 

Nicaragua: 31 892 probable cases, 1 322 confirmed 

Panama: 2 906 probable cases, 1 305 confirmed 

Andean

Bolivia: 6 668 probable cases, 0 confirmed 

Colombia: 14 522 probable cases, 8 357 confirmed 

Ecuador: 8 576 probable cases, 8 576 confirmed 

Peru: 66 687 probable cases, 20 390 confirmed 

Venezuela: 2 722 probable cases, 309 confirmed 

Argentina: 7 175 probable cases, 249 confirmed 

Brazil: 144 326 probable cases, 0 confirmed 

Chile: 5 probable cases, 5 confirmed 

Paraguay: 1 213 probable cases, 275 confirmed

Hispanic Caribbean

Cuba: 270 probable cases, 0 confirmed 

Dominican Republic: 529 probable cases, 0 confirmed 

Puerto Rico: 9 probable cases, 9 confirmed 

English, French & Dutch Caribbean

Anguilla: 12 probable cases, 2 confirmed 

Antigua & Barbuda: 1 probable cases, 0 confirmed

Aruba: 690 probable cases, 7 confirmed 

Barbados: 96 probable cases, 21 confirmed 

British Virgin Islands:16 probable cases, 7 confirmed 

Cayman Islands: 7 probable cases, 0 confirmed 

Dominica: 10 probable cases, 0 confirmed 

French Guiana: 165 probable cases, 0 confirmed 

Grenada: 37 probable cases, 37 confirmed 

Guadeloupe: 80 probable cases, 0 confirmed

Jamaica: 48 probable cases, 2 confirmed 

Martinique: 130 probable cases, 0 confirmed 

Saint Barthélemy: 24 probable cases, 0 confirmed 

St. Lucia: 11 probable cases, 11 confirmed 

St. Martin: 82 probable cases, 0 confirmed

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: 2 probable cases, 1 confirmed 

Trinidad & Tobago: 61 probable cases, 0 confirmed 

Turks & Caicos Islands: 124 probable cases, 124 confirmed

Recommendations 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.