Dengue Fever in India (Update)
01 Nov 2012
Dengue fever is an ongoing problem in several states of India. The worst affected state is Karnataka with 3140 dengue fever cases; the Bangalore area alone has recorded 1043 cases. New cases are said to be declining however.
Maharashtra state has recorded a total of 947 cases; 647 in Mumbai, where cases are increasing and 300 in Pune. The Delhi area where new cases are increasing has recorded 910 cases. Cases are increasing in Haryana state where Faridabad has recorded 720 cases.
New cases are also increasing in the Chandigarh area of Punjab state where 347 cases have been recorded and Hyderabad in Andrah Pradesh state with 206 cases. Bokaro in Jharkhand state has reported 61 dengue fever cases.
Advice for Travellers
India is a popular tourist destination and travellers should be aware of the risk of dengue fever. Avoidance of mosquito bites, particularly during daylight hours, by covering up with clothing, the use of bite avoidance measures such as repellent and bed nets is advised. Elimination of breeding sites around hotel rooms/houses is advised for longer term stays.