Dengue in islands of the French Antilles

03 March 2020

Article: 54/902

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reports continued transmission of dengue in islands of the French Antilles. The islands affected so far are: 

  • Guadeloupe, which has reported 5,840 cases of dengue between October 2019 and 15 February 2020. An epidemic was declared in January 2020. 
  • Saint Martin, which has reported 530 cases, including one death, between the third week of 2020 and 15 February 2020. An epidemic was declared in January 2020. 
  • Saint Barthelemy, which has reported 104 cases from the end of November 2019 to 15 February 2020. 
  • Martinique, which has reported 2,470 cases, including one death, between July 2019 and 15 February 2020. The island is considered to be at risk of a dengue epidemic.

Dengue is the second most common identified cause of febrile illness in returning travellers and the number of cases continues to increase. 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 is available from the TRAVAX (for health professionals) and fitfortravel (for the general public) websites.

Source: TRAVAX, 27 February 2020