French public health authorities have reported a continuing dengue epidemic in Réunion, a French overseas department in the Indian Ocean. Between 17 and 23 May 2021, there were 1,949 confirmed cases, with the west of the island particularly affected. The number of emergency admissions to hospital is rising, with 21% of hospitalised cases having severe dengue.
Advice for travellers
- All travellers to endemic regions are potentially at risk of dengue fever, and should be aware of this infection. Prevention relies on avoiding mosquito bites at all times.
- Travellers developing a fever during or on return from travel are advised to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Information and advice for travellers on dengue fever is available on the TRAVAX (for health professionals) and fitfortravel (for the general public) websites.
Source: TRAVAX, 3 June 2021