Dengue, chikungunya updates

The number of dengue fever infections has escalated in the regency of East Sumba (East Nusa Tenggara province) with 875 diagnosed to date and 12 deaths recorded. Meanwhile it’s the chikungunya virus, also transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes, that has sickened residents in Depok, part of Greater Jakarta. 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.