Trends in Dengue Cases Imported into the United States from Pan America 2001–2012

Caitlin A.M. Van Dodewaard, Stephanie L. Richards

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The objective of this study was to improve risk assessments of travel on dengue (DEN) virus (DENV) distribution. We investigated the exposure risk of US citizens traveling to DEN-endemic Pan American countries. The number of DEN cases reported in 51 Pan American countries from 2001 to 2012 was compared to the population of the same countries. The number of US travelers visiting the Pan American countries was categorized by region, and travel-related DEN infections were analyzed. US residents visiting the Dominican Republic exhibited the highest traveler-related DEN incidence. Brazil showed the most DEN cases in its residents (≫1 million reported cases in 2010). The number of DEN cases continues to rise as does international travel and the geographic range of potential DENV vectors. DENV risk assessments may be improved by analyzing the possible routes of entry. Underreporting remains an issue for calculating DENV transmission risk by country and region.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEnvironmental Health Insights
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Pan America
  • dengue incidence
  • international travel


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