Dengue outbreaks, ‘most severe in recent history’

IFRC assessments of the dengue fever crises in St Vincent & the Grenadines and St Lucia addressed the increase in cases as ‘a clear indicator’ of larger imminent outbreaks. Both island groups are experiencing outbreaks described as their most severe in recent history. All health districts of St Vincent are affected, however most cases have been in Pembroke, Kingstown, Calliaqua and Georgetown, while in St Lucia, the north has borne the brunt of the outbreak. 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. 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.