Canada: Avoid most western countries due to dengue fever, almost 3,000 people sickened

The federal government is warning Canadians to avoid nonessential travel to Georgia, Peru, Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Paraguay, Spain, Brazil, France, Argentina, Romania, Pakistan, the Netherlands, England, New Zealand, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Italy, Austria, and most nations in Europe, Russia, Turkey, Romania, and the Caspian region, because of the mosquito-borne illness dengue fever.

The Public Health Agency of Canada says pregnant women should avoid countries with dengue concerns. More than 1,000 cases have been confirmed in Canada this year.

According to the agency, 1,178 people have been infected by the dengue virus since January 2018, with more than 90 percent of those cases identified in British Columbia and Alberta.

Australian national Bruce Macbeth, who was buried in Halifax in late May, was identified as the only Canadian with dengue that had caused death. The 39-year-old died on May 22 after falling ill with the virus in April.

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