The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) recommends that travellers protect themselves from mosquito bites when travelling to areas where dengue fever may occur.
Where is dengue fever a concern?
Dengue fever occurs in most tropical and subtropical areas of the world, predominantly in urban and semi-urban areas.
It is widespread in parts of Central and South America; the Caribbean; South and Southeast Asia; Western, Eastern, and Central Africa; and Oceania.
- So far this year, dengue activity is stable for most countries in Southeast Asia. Cambodia, Laos and Malaysia have reported more cases in 2012 when compared to the same time period in 2011.
- Since the beginning of the year, Sri Lanka has reported thousands of suspected cases of dengue including several deaths.
- Since January, the Thai Ministry of Public Health has also reported thousands of cases including some deaths.
- Australia has reported more cases in 2012 than in 2011 for the same time period. However, the number of reported cases has been decreasing since January.
- The Republic of the Marshall Islands experienced an outbreak of dengue in October 2011.
South America, Central America, and the Caribbean:
- The majority of countries in this region are reporting dengue activity.
- So far this year, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico and Venezuela are reporting high numbers of dengue cases.
- In 2011, these countries reported a large number of dengue cases; Aruba, Bahamas, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curaçao, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, and Venezuela.