Dengue hitting hard in west, more dengue reports

Twenty-four communes are currently reporting the majority of dengue fever cases, many of them in the island’s west - Saint-Paul, La Possession, Le Port, Saint-Leu and Trois-Bassins. To June 2 there have been more than 18,300 dengue infections and 12 associated deaths. Read more. The regional health agency, ARS La Réunion, is also reporting a surge in seasonal bronchiolitis cases which has started later this year, but at a lower intensity, than in previous years. Most cases have been in infants under two years of age. Read more. Also on dengue fever, the onset of warmer weather in Singapore has boosted Aedes mosquito populations and the NEA is warning residents that more dengue cases are to be expected. The risk of infection is compounded by less common dengue serotypes in circulation, together with many people working from home where mosquito activity is more likely.

Advice for travellers

Dengue fever is common in most tropical or sub-tropical regions of the world. The virus is spread by daytime-feeding Aedes mosquitoes and to avoid it and other insect-borne diseases, travellers should apply an insect repellent containing an effective active ingredient, such as DEET, Picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus (PMD), to exposed skin when outdoors during the day. In addition, cover up with long-sleeved tops, long pants, and shoes and socks around dawn and dusk, as well as other times when the mosquitoes are 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.