Dengue burden highest in Bali’s north

The dengue count in Bali’s capital, Denpasar, has risen to 832 this year compared to just under 600 for the same period last year – highest rates of infection were in Sanur. More than 2,100 cases were recorded across the island for the year to early April with Buleleng regency in the island’s north most affected. Read more. Also this week, updates on dengue outbreaks in Singapore, in the Pacific – with news on French Polynesia and the Marshall Islands – and Mayotte, in the Indian Ocean. Read more

Advice for travellers

Avoid mosquito bites to protect against dengue fever. To avoid biting insects, apply repellent containing an active ingredient, such as DEET, Picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus (PMD) to all exposed skin when outdoors. 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 outdoors. Travellers should also cover up with long-sleeved tops, long pants, and shoes and socks when mosquitoes are most 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.