Last month, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on a dengue fever outbreak in Tanzania and today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel notice for the in the southeast African country.
The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Tanzania declared a dengue outbreak in February 2014. According to the World Health Organization, as of May 30, 2014, the geographical distribution of cases and deaths is as follows: mainland (1,017 confirmed cases out of a total of 2121 suspected cases including 4 deaths) and Zanzibar (1 confirmed case out of 8 suspected cases, and no deaths). Ninety-nine (99%) of the cases of the mainland were reported from the following three districts of Dar es Salaam: Kinondoni, Temeke, and Ilala. Of the four (4) deceased cases, 1 had presented with Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF) and 1 with multiple organ failure.
CDC recommends that travelers to Tanzania protect themselves from mosquito bites. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page