At least two regional neighbours have issued alerts in response to the dengue outbreak declared earlier this month – Grenada and the Cayman Islands, while Antigua has reported 10 cases of confirmed dengue fever, seven requiring hospitalisation, with ages ranging from 11 months up to 82 years from seven different localities (English Harbour, Jennings, Ovals, Ottos, Gambles, Potters and Gray’s Farm).
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.