Thursday 26 November, 2020

CDC adds another Caribbean island to dengue travel notice

The spread of dengue fever in some Caribbean islands is not slowing down and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its travel notice for the Americas.  

A Watch Level One continues to remain in effect.  

St Vincent and the Grenadines, which has been dealing with rising cases and has recorded dengue fever-related deaths, has now been added to a list of countries reporting higher than usual numbers of dengue cases.  

The CDC in its latest update on October 14 said dengue is an ongoing risk in many parts of Central and South America, Mexico and the Caribbean.  

It states that travellers to areas of risk should protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites.  

The list now contains a total of 21 countries that have reported higher than usual numbers of dengue cases.  

The nine countries from the Caribbean region on the list are:  

  • Belize 

  • Dominican Republic 

  • French Guiana 

  • Guadeloupe 

  • Martinique 

  • Saint Lucia 

  • Saint Martin 

  • St Vincent and the Grenadines 

  • Turks and Caicos Islands  

A Watch Level One (Green) means persons should practice usual precautions for the destination, as described in the Travel Health Notice or destination page.  

This includes being up to date on all recommended vaccines and practicing appropriate mosquito avoidance. 

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