Dengue in Timor-Leste

15 February 2022

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The World Health Organization (WHO) reports a large increase in cases of dengue fever in Timor-Leste since the start of 2022.

In January 2022, there were 1,286 cases of dengue in Timor-Leste, including 20 deaths, with more than half the cases in children under the age of 14 years. This represents a higher total than the full year of 2021, when there was a total of 901 cases, including 11 deaths.

Advice for travellers

  • 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. 

There is no vaccine against dengue fever licensed for use in the UK. 

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, 7 February 2022