Dengue in south, alert for north

Almost half of all dengue fever cases recorded in Mexico have been in the southern state of Chiapas, bordering Guatemala. The state has also had 15 of the 19 deaths reported nationwide this year. Read more. While in Baja California, dengue alerts have been issued for four localities - Mexicali, San Felipe, El Rosario and Isla de Cedros – following recent flooding. Read more

Advice for travellers

Dengue is spread by two types of Aedes mosquitoes. Both breed in shady places close to dwellings and bite mainly during the daylight hours, making them difficult to avoid when 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 (or 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.