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Dengue Fever in Saudi Arabia

02 May 2013

The Ministry of Health has reported an outbreak of dengue fever in the city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Twelve new cases of dengue fever have been diagnosed in Jeddah last week, bringing the total number of cases to approximately 300.

Advice for Travellers

Jeddah is a popular destination and travellers should be aware of the risk of dengue fever. 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.