Dengue cycle upswing across region

In endemic or hyperendemic dengue fever regions, large outbreaks can run in 3-5 year cycles and this year Cambodia is just one of the countries in the SE/South Asian regions experiencing an upsurge in cases. The ECDC’s latest Communicable Disease Threats Report contains a digest of dengue fever and chikungunya reporting around the globe and advises that most countries ‘are observing a spike in the number of cases, with Thailand, the Philippines, Cambodia and Vietnam ‘particularly affected’ in 2019.  While in Bangladesh, the dengue epidemic is relentless after more than 14,000 cases were recorded this month and the death toll rose to at least 75 to date; more infections are anticipated in dengue-affected parts of Pakistan before the peak season ends with the arrival of cooler weather; and in Sri Lanka the dengue case count is nearing 49,000 with almost half of those in western districts. Read more

Advice for travellers

Dengue is spread by 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.