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Dengue in India

13 July 2022

According to Indian media, public health officials have warned of the spread of dengue fever with the arrival of the monsoon rains. Between 1 January 2022 and 31 May 2022 there were 10 172 cases of dengue in India, with 150 cases in Delhi.

Dengue fever has become more common in India in recent years with numbers rising from 44 585 cases in 2020 to 193 245 cases in 2021.

Dengue fever is an infection found in tropical and sub-tropical climates worldwide. It is spread by Aedes mosquito bites and can cause a severe flu-like illness.

There is no vaccine against dengue licensed in the UK. Treatment is supportive only.

Advice for Travellers

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.

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.