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Dengue in Africa: Update 1

21 Feb 2024

The Africa Centres for Disease Prevention and Control report continued transmission of dengue in African countries.

From 1 January 2024 to 9 February 2024, the following countries have reported dengue cases:

Ethiopia: 1 561 cases

Mali: 925 cases

Mauritius: 600 cases (2 deaths)

Sao Tome & Principe: 9 cases

Advice for Travellers

Dengue is an infection spread by mosquito bites and can cause a severe flu-like illness.

The mosquitoes which transmit dengue bite during the day, between dawn and dusk.  They are particularly persistent and aggressive.

If you are travelling to an affected region, you are potentially at risk of dengue fever and should be aware of this infection.

If you develop a high temperature (fever) either during or after travelling to an affected area, you should seek medical advice as soon as possible and give details of your recent travel history.

For further information see the dengue fever page.