The Travel Health and Vaccine Specialists

Health Alert


Dengue in Senegal

Updated November 8, 2018

Key points
There is an outbreak of dengue in Senegal.
Travelers to Senegal should protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites.
What is dengue?
Dengue is a viral disease spread through mosquito bites. Symptoms include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, rash, pain in the eyes, joints, and muscles, and minor bleeding. If you are bitten by an infected mosquito, symptoms can take up to 2 weeks to develop but usually last less than a week. In severe cases, symptoms may include hemorrhage, shock, organ failure, and death.

What is the current situation?
Health officials in Senegal have reported an outbreak of dengue.

What can travelers do to protect themselves?
Because dengue is spread by mosquito bites, all travelers to Senegal should also prevent mosquito bites by using insect repellent and wearing protective clothing when outdoors, and sleeping in an air-conditioned or well-screened room or under an insecticide-treated bed net.

Learn more about dengue, how to prevent it, and what to do if you think you are infected at CDC’s dengue page for travelers.

Traveler Information
Dengue webpage for travelers
CDC dengue homepage
Clinician Information
Dengue in CDC’s Yellow Book
Dengue information for healthcare professionals
Page created: November 07, 2018
Page last updated: November 07, 2018
Page last reviewed: November 07, 2018
Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID)
Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ)