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Dengue in Sri Lanka

Updated August 14, 2017

What is the current situation?

The Ministry of Health in Sri Lanka has reported a dengue epidemic. More than 100,000 cases have been reported across the country.

Public health officials are responding by increasing mosquito control efforts and strengthening the capacity of the health system to handle additional patients.

What can travelers do to prevent dengue?

Because dengue is transmitted to people by mosquitoes, travelers to Sri Lanka should protect themselves against mosquito bites to avoid getting the illness. There is no vaccine or medicine currently available in the United States to prevent or treat dengue.

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 Virus: What You Need to Know
•Guidelines for Travelers Visiting Friends and Family in Areas with Chikungunya, Dengue, or Zika
•Avoid Bug Bites

Clinician Information
•Dengue in CDC Health Information for International Travel, the “Yellow Book”
•Clinical & Laboratory Guidance

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Page created: July 21, 2017
Page last updated: August 09, 2017
Page last reviewed: August 09, 2017
Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID)
Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ)