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Dengue Risks Elevated in Asia and the Pacific Islands

January 10, 2022 • 3:23 pm CST
(Vax Before Travel)

The U.S. CDC issued a Level 1 Travel Advisory on January 4, 2022, confirming 'Dengue is an ongoing risk in many parts of Asia and the Pacific Islands.

And people visiting Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka should prevent mosquito bites by using an EPA-registered insect repellent, wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors, and sleeping in an air-conditioned room or room with window screens or under an insecticide-treated bed net.

Dengue is a disease caused by a virus spread through mosquito bites. The disease can take up to two weeks to develop, with illness generally lasting less than a week.

Health effects from Dengue include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, rash, muscle and joint pain, and minor bleeding. And Dengue can become severe within a few hours. Severe Dengue is a medical emergency, usually requiring hospitalization.

Health effects can include bleeding, shock, organ failure, and death in severe cases.

Dengue vaccine information is posted on this Vax-Before-Travel webpage.