More on the dengue fever spike with one news source in Jakarta stating the city experienced ‘about 430 cases in the first three weeks of 2019, nearly four times the 111 cases recorded in the same period last year’. By Sunday that figure had risen to 613. Highest infection rates have been in Jagakarsa (South Jakarta), Kalideres (West Jakarta), Kebayoran Baru (South Jakarta), Pasar Rebo and Cipayung (East Jakarta). Read more
Advice for travellers
Dengue is spread by two types of aedes mosquitoes which breed in shady areas close homes and other accommodation. Both bite mainly during the daylight hours, making them difficult to avoid outdoors. Travellers should cover up with long-sleeved tops, long pants, and shoes and socks when mosquitoes are most active. Apply repellent containing an active ingredient, such as DEET, Picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus (PMD) when outdoors to all exposed skin. Read more about dengue fever and preventing insect bites.
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.