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Dengue in the Americas and Caribbean: Update 1

21 February 2024

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reports continuing widespread transmission of dengue fever in countries of the Americas and the Caribbean.

The following countries have reported dengue cases from 1 January 2024 to 21 February 2024:

Argentina: 21 850 cases (19 deaths)

Bolivia: 5 326 cases (6 deaths)

Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba: 64 cases

Brazil: 664 785 cases (84 deaths)

Colombia: 34 026 cases

Costa Rica: 3 756 cases

Curaçao: 27 cases

French Guiana: 5 965 cases

Grenada: 53 cases

Guadeloupe: 1 445 cases

Guatemala: 4 861 cases

Honduras: 1 417 cases

Jamaica : 420 cases

Martinique: 1 630 cases

Mexico: 22 893 cases

Nicaragua: 17 339 cases

Panama: 2 609 cases (5 deaths)

Paraguay: 113 721 cases (24 deaths)

Peru: 13 010 cases (7 deaths)

Puerto Rico: 159 cases

Saint Barthelemy: 76 cases

Saint Kitts and Nevis: 119 cases

Saint Lucia: 3 cases

Saint Martin: 226 cases

Sint Maarten: 44 cases

Suriname: 30 cases (2 deaths)

United States of America: 94 cases (most are imported, although dengue has been transmitted in Florida in 2024)

Dengue virus is spread by Aedes mosquito bites and can cause a flu-like illness, sometimes leading to severe or life-threatening disease.

Advice for Travellers

Dengue is an infection found in tropical and sub-tropical climates worldwide.

All travellers to endemic regions are potentially at risk of dengue fever and should be aware of this infection.

Aedes mosquitoes are particularly persistent and aggressive. They bite between dawn and dusk.

A new dengue vaccine Qdenga® has been licensed in the UK and is awaiting JCVI recommendations for use.

Travellers developing a fever during or on return from travel are advised to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

For further information see TRAVAX dengue fever page.