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Oropouche fever in Cuba

31 May 2024

The Cuban Ministry of Public Health has reported cases of Oropouche fever in Santiago de Cuba and Songo La Maya municipalities.

Oropouche fever is an infection spread by the bites of midges and mosquitoes. Symptoms typically start 4-8 days after being bitten, and can include fever, chills, headache, muscle and joint pain, dizziness, stomach pain, vomiting, rash, or sensitivity to light.

Recovery usually occurs after a week and severe illness is rare. There is no vaccine or specific treatment for Oropouche fever. 

Advice for Travellers

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

If you are unwell 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.