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Dengue in Asia and the Pacific (Update 3)

15 Nov 2017

On 7 November 2017 the World Health Organisation (WHO)  reported dengue continues to be transmitted in Asia and the Pacific. 

Australia has reported 859 laboratory-confirmed dengue cases from 1 January to 30 October 2017.

Cambodia has reported 2 884 dengue cases from 1 January to 31 October 2017

China has reported 1 904 dengue cases from 1 January to  30 September 2017.

French Polynesia reported 16 cases of dengue between week ending 14 October 2017 and week ending 21 October 2017.

India has reported  129 329 cases including 200 deaths from 1 January to 12 November 2017

Laos has reported 10 302 cases of dengue (including 14 deaths) from 1 January to 27 October 2017. Dengue is at epidemic level in the country.

Malaysia has reported 74 348 cases (including 160 deaths) from 1 January to 28 October 2017.

New Caledonia  has reported 4 405 dengue cases from 1 January to 31 October 2017.

The Philippines has reported 97 287 dengue cases (including 526 deaths) from 1 January to 30 September 2017.

Singapore has reported 2 364 dengue cases from 1 January to 28 October 2017.

Vietnam has reported 160 567 cases of dengue (including 30 deaths) from 1 January to 3 November 2017. In the same period there were 35 457 cases (including 7 deaths) in Hanoi. The Central-coastal and Southern regions have reported the highest incidence of dengue.

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.