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Dengue in South-East Asia and the Western Pacific

10 Jan 2024

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports continued transmission of dengue in South East Asia and the Western Pacific. The following countries have reported cases between 1 January 2023 and late December 2023:

Australia: 1 023 cases

Bangladesh: 320 460 cases (1 697 deaths)

Cambodia: 31 567 cases (39 deaths)

China: 17 788 cases (1 death)

Laos: 31 997 cases (20 deaths)

Malaysia: 120 418 cases (96 deaths)

Maldives: 3 223 cases

Nepal: 51 243 cases (20 deaths)

Philippines: 195 603 cases (657 deaths)

Singapore: 9663 cases

Sri Lanka: 84 727 cases

Thailand: 150 808 cases (165 deaths)

Vietnam: 166 619 cases (42 deaths)

Pacific Island countries reporting “dengue-like illness” in late 2023 include Fiji, French Polynesia, Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, New Caledonia, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Wallis & Futuna.

Advice for Travellers

Dengue is an infection spread by mosquito bites and can cause a severe flu-like illness.

The mosquitoes which transmit dengue bite during the day, between dawn and dusk.  They are particularly persistent and aggressive.

If you are travelling to an affected region, you are potentially at risk of dengue fever and should be aware of this infection.

If you develop a high temperature (fever) either during or after travelling to an affected area, you should seek medical advice as soon as possible and give details of your recent travel history.

For further information see the dengue fever page.