Health Alert/Dengue Fever Increase – U.S Embassy – Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Tegucigalpa, Honduras (March 28, 2019)

Location: Throughout Honduras, with the highest risk in the Cortés Department.

Event: The Honduras Ministry of Health has reported a significant increase in dengue fever and severe dengue fever compared to 2018.

Actions to Take:

  • Visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website on dengue fever.
  • Select accommodations with well-screened windows and doors or air conditioning when possible.  Dengue-carrying mosquitos typically live indoors and are often found in dark, cool places, such as in closets, under beds, behind curtains, in bathrooms, and on porches.  Use insecticides to get rid of mosquitos in those areas.
  • Wear clothing that covers the arms and legs, especially during the early morning and late afternoon, when risk of being bitten is the highest.
  • Use insect repellent.
  • For longer-term travelers and residents, empty and clean or cover any standing water that can be mosquito-breeding sites in the local residence (such as water storage tanks or flower pots).
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) with the U. S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa to receive security updates –