Dengue in Mauritania
26 Mar 2018
The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports an outbreak of dengue in Mauritania. From 30 November 2017 to 22 February 2018 there have been 307 cases, of which 165 have been laboratory-confirmed.
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 has been licenced in Costa Rica, Brazil, Mexico and the Phillippines. However, use of the vaccine is now under review due to safety concerns (December 2017).
For further information see Dengue Fever.