Dengue in Sri Lanka

Released: September 26, 2017

What is dengue ?

Dengue is a disease spread to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito.  Symptoms  of dengue start suddenly with a high fever in combination with two or more of the following symptoms:

Symptoms can take up to 2 weeks to develop after you are bitten. In severe cases, dengue can be fatal.  Warning signs of progression to severe dengue include persistent vomiting, severe abdominal pain, bleeding from the nose or gums and difficulty breathing.

There is no vaccine or medication available in Canada to prevent dengue.

Where is dengue a concern?

There is a risk of dengue in tropical and subtropical areas of the world. Dengue occurs in urban and semi-urban areas and there is a higher rate of transmission during the rainy season. 

The Ministry of Health in Sri Lanka has declared an outbreak of dengue. More than 80 000 cases have been reported in the country.  For more information, please visit the World Health Organization, disease outbreak news on dengue.

How can you protect yourself from dengue?

Consult a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic preferably six weeks before you travel.

Protect yourself from mosquito bites at all times to avoid getting dengue. Dengue virus is spread by a mosquito that can bite in daylight and evening hours.

Monitor your health

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