Contaminated lettuce alert; Florida’s local dengue case

Until a source of contamination has been determined in a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7, the CDC is advising ‘U.S. consumers not eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any’. Cases have emerged in 11 US states (California, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Wisconsin) as well as the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. (In Australia, the lettuce variety is known as Cos) Read more
WHILE fewer than 50 dengue fever infections have been diagnosed in travellers returning to Florida from overseas in 2018, this week the Department of Health in Miami-Dade County announced a single locally acquired case of dengue. Local authorities have initiated their ‘response protocol to eliminate breeding and adult mosquito activity in the area of the confirmed case’. Read more

Advice for travellers

Dengue is spread by two types of Aedes mosquitoes. Both breed close to dwellings, are found in shady areas and bite mainly during the daylight hours, making them difficult to avoid. 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 PMD when outdoors to all exposed skin. Read more about dengue fever.

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.