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Dengue Fever in Saudi Arabia

06 July 2011

The number of dengue fever cases in Jeddah requiring hospital treatment has risen to around 130 a week. The number of less severe cases is thought to be much higher as they often go unreported. According to the media, the majority of these cases have been identified in the more affluent parts of the city, suggesting that the infection is spreading from the more usual downmarket areas.

Advice for Travellers

Avoidance of mosquito bites, particularly during daylight hours, by covering up and the use of bite avoidance measures such as insect repellent and bed nets is recommended. Elimination of breeding sites around hotel rooms/ houses is advised for longer term stays.