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Dengue Fever in Pakistan (Karachi, Sindh) (Update 1)

18 Apr 2018

Media reportedat least 19 more dengue fever cases in the past week, increasing the number of reported cases in Karachi to 235 since 1 January 2018. A total of 250 dengue fever cases have been reported across Sindh province (235 in Karachi; 15 across the rest of the province). One death has also been reported in Karachi.

Advice for Travellers

The best way to avoid infection is to prevent mosquito bites. As the transmitting mosquitoes bite from dawn until dusk, long clothing should be worn and repellents should be used all day.

See also information about Insect Bite Avoidance.

Medical attention must be sought for any feverish illness experienced whilst travelling or on your return home.

There is no vaccine against dengue fever for travellers.

A vaccine for use in people living in dengue affected countries aged between 9 – 45 years has been licenced in Costa Rica, Brazil, Mexico and the Phillippines. However, use of the vaccine is now under review due to safety concerns (December 2017).

For further information see Dengue Fever.