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Dengue in Asia and the Pacific (Update 2)

04 Oct 2017

Dengue continues to be transmitted in Asia and the Pacific region.

Australia reported 773 laboratory-confirmed dengue cases  from 1 January to of 26 September 2017.

Cambodia reported 2 299 suspected dengue cases from  1 January to  19 September 2017.

China reported 1 477 cases of dengue from  1 January to 31 August 2017.

French Polynesia reported 27 confirmed cases reported between 27 August and 9 September 2017.

Laos reported 8 550 cases of dengue (including 11 deaths) from 1 January to 15 September 2017. There have been 2 839 cases (including 2 deaths) in the capital Vientiane.

Malaysia reported 69 254 cases (including 156 deaths)  from 1 January to 23 September 2017.

New Caledonia reported 4 499  cases from1 January to As of 17 September 2017, 

Philippines reported 76 391 cases (including 413 deaths) from 1 January to 2 September 2017.

Singapore reported 2018 cases from 1 January to 16 September 2017.

Sri Lanka has reported15 6901 cases from 1 January to 3 October 2017.

Vietnam reported 124 986 cases (including 29 deaths) between 1 January and 13 September 2017.  Of these cases, 28 158 were reported in Hanoi.

Advice 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.