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Nepal Health Alert

Updated on 21 September 2019

US Department of State and Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Travel

Warnings: As of 21 September 2019, there are travel warnings to Nepal.

Outbreak of Dengue fever in the southeast of Nepal. Take extra precautions to avoid

mosquito bites.

The Situation:

According to the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division (EDCD), 5096 confirmed cases

of dengue fever, including six related deaths, have been reported as of Tuesday, September

17, since the outbreak was first declared in May 2019. The disease has spread to 56 of the

country's 77 states. The capital Kathmandu is the most affected area with 1170 confirmed

cases reported. Further spread of the disease is possible in the coming weeks.

Symptoms of Dengue Fever

Symptoms, which usually begin four to six days after infection and last for up to 10 days,

may include:

  • Sudden, high fever

  • Severe headaches

  • Pain behind the eyes

  • Severe joint and muscle pain

  • Fatigue

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Skin rash, which appears two to five days after the onset of fever

  • Mild bleeding (such a nose bleed, bleeding gums, or easy bruising)

Mitigating Factors to Apply:

  • Monitor local authorities for updates

  • Avoid mosquito bites

  • Wear long sleeve shirts, pants, socks and shoes when mosquitoes are most active

  • Use repellents such as DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535

  • Avoid opening windows during high mosquito activity

  • Utilize mosquito nets where appropriate

  • See your health care provider for other preventative recommendations

DISCLAIMER and Hold Harmless

Disclaimer: LSDS gathers information from multiple sources and offers insight and perspective to travelers. Sources cannot be validated for accuracy in every instance. Travelers assume all risk associated with their travel and are responsible for the decisions associated with travel and for their own safety. Users of this reference document agree, to hold harmless LSDS (LLC) its employees and clients associated with any risk or injury incurred during travel.


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