Bali’s dengue burden highest in 2 regencies

A further update on dengue fever cases in Bali with the YTD total to April climbing to more than 6,000 – roughly one third of those were from Buleleng Regency in the island’s north, while Badung (which takes in the tourist hotspots of Kuta, Nusa Dua, Jimbaran, Canggu and Uluwatu) has recorded up to 1,300 cases. Read more

Advice for travellers

Common in most tropical or sub-tropical regions of the world, dengue fever is spread by daytime-feeding Aedes mosquitoes. To avoid the risk of dengue and other insect-borne diseases, travellers should apply an insect repellent containing an effective active ingredient, such as DEET, Picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus, to exposed skin when outdoors during the day. In addition, cover up with long-sleeved tops, long pants, and shoes and socks around dawn and dusk, as well as other times when the mosquitoes are active.

Before you travel, call Travelvax Australia’s telephone advisory service on 1300 360 164 (toll-free from landlines) for country-specific advice and information. You can also make an appointment at your nearest Travelvax clinic to obtain vaccinations, medication to prevent or treat illness, and accessories for your journey.