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Dengue Fever in India

04 Mar 2013

Dengue fever is a growing concern in India. In 2012, 247 deaths were recorded as a result of dengue fever nationwide.

Latest data on disease prevalence released by the Health Ministry shows a significant rise in the incidence of dengue fever from 18 860 cases in 2011, to 49 606 in year 2012.

Around 1700 dengue cases were reported from Delhi in 2012.

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.