Dengue across the region

The 2021 dengue infection rates reported across the region by the ECDC have overall been lower than for the same period last year. The countries with the highest notifications are Vietnam (9,654 cases to Jan 31), the Philippines (3,353 cases to Jan 23) and Sri Lanka (just over 3,000 cases to end of Feb, with around 2,000 of those from Batticaloa). While to the south in the Indian Ocean, Reunion Island’s level 4 dengue epidemic persists. The situation for 2021 up to Feb 23 reveals almost three-quarters of new cases are in the west - Le Port and La Possession – and there had been 350 confirmed cases and 30 hospitalisations.

Advice for travellers

Dengue is spread by Aedes mosquitoes which 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 insect repellent containing an active ingredient, such as DEET, Picaridin or PMD when outdoors to all exposed skin. Read more about dengue fever. 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.