India, Delhi: Health authorities in Delhi have reported 531 additional dengue fever cases in one week, bringing the total number of cases in the city to over 1,500. This is the highest number of reported cases since 2018, with over 46,000 cases recorded in India, which now ranks second in the world after Brazil (60,000 cases). According to media reports, this sharp increase in dengue fever cases has led to a shortage of hospital beds in both government and private hospitals.

 

Consequences for the traveler

Optimal mosquito protection measures 24/7: during the day against dengue, chikungunya, Zika and other viruses, at dusk and at night against malaria. If you should have a fever: take medication containing the ingredient paracetamol and make sure you drink enough fluids. Do not take any medication containing the ingredient acetylsalicylic acid (e.g. Aspirin®), as this may increase the risk of bleeding in the event of a dengue infection (see also factsheet dengue). If you have visited a malaria area and have a fever >37.5 °C, you should always exclude malaria by taking a blood smear on the spot. Visit a medical facility for this (see also factsheet malaria).

 

References

Outbreak News Today, 1.11.2021, Outbreak News Today, 23.10.2021