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Dengue Fever in Mexico (Update)

19 Nov 2012

Dengue fever in Mexico is an ongoing problem and cases continue to increase. As of 16 November 2012, 39 730 cases have been recorded.

The worst affected states include: Veracruz 10 541 cases; Yacatan 4599 cases; Morelos 3789 cases; Guerrero 3562 cases; Chiapas 3421 cases; Tabasco 3301 cases; Oaxaca 1966 cases and Michoacan 944 cases.

Advice for Travellers

Mexico 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.