22 August 2019

Surveillance of Dengue Fever

Reference: CIR-2019-00000322

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To:  All public and private health facilities- Dubai



Preventive medicine section at Dubai Health Authority would like to extend its appreciation and thankfulness for the continuous and joint cooperation exerted by all healthcare providers in Dubai to achieve the shared goal of prevention, and control communicable disease.


Referring to the above subject, Viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF) is among the most important public health emergencies of international concern. The most important viral hemorrhagic fevers in the Eastern Mediterranean Region are Yellow Fever, Rift Valley Fever, Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever, Crimean- Congo Hemorrhagic Fever and Ebola Virus Disease.


The emergence and re-emergence of viral hemorrhagic fevers is growing concern worldwide, as they are associated with occurrence of major epidemic with high case-fatality rates


All health care professionals must be more vigilant about managing any suspected viral hemorrhagic fevers, and should pay attention to people at risk of contracting the infection e.g.  Veterinarians, animal keepers, butchers and travelers to high-risk areas.


Viral hemorrhagic fever notifiable according to communicable diseases law (14 for the year 2014). Immediate notification is mandatory to the respective health department.

Immediately notify the respective health department after collect the sample as suspected case.

The status to be confirmed on receipt of Lab. Test.


Standard contact and droplet precautions are mandatory for management of patients or dead bodies with known or suspected viral hemorrhagic fever. It is highly important that all health care facilities and healthcare professionals take the appropriate precautions while managing such cases (attached is the CDC recommendations for infection control precautions, Appendix 2).



1.      Case definition according to World Health Organization

2.      CDC recommendations for infection control measures


Thank you for your cooperation


With regards\ DHA

Supporting Documents:

external circular - Surveillance of Dengue Fever.pdf:

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Annex (2) CDC recommendations for infection control measures.pdf:

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Annex (1) Case definition according to World Health Organization.pdf:

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