Dengue Fever in Philippines
18 Apr 2018
Media reported982 dengue fever cases in Pangasinan province from 1 January 2018 to 2 April 2018. This compares to the 348 dengue fever cases recorded during the same period last year (2017). Urdaneta City recorded the highest number of dengue cases in the province with 119, followed by Binmaley (65), Mangaldan (55), Asingan (50), Sta. Barbara (48), San Carlos City (47), Lingayen (47), Bolinao (45), Binalonan (36) and Bayambang (32). There have been 4 deaths so far this year (2018) compared to 3 deaths last year (2017).
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.