Areas with Risk of Dengue

Key Facts

  • Forty percent of the world’s population, approximately 3 billion people, live in areas with risk of dengue. In many countries dengue is a leading cause of illness.
  • Dengue has emerged as a worldwide problem since the 1960s. The disease is common in many popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean (including Puerto Rico), Central and South America, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. In the United States, local spread of dengue occurs infrequently.
  • Anyone who lives in or travels to an area with risk of dengue is at risk for infection. Before you travel, find country-specific travel information to help you plan and pack.