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Dengue Fever in la Reunion (Update 1)

18 Apr 2018

Media reported237 additional confirmed dengue fever cases during the last week, bringing the total indigenous cases to 992 since the beginning of the year (2018). The dengue fever outbreak is currently affecting western and southern la Reunion with the predominant strain being DEN-2.

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.