Dengue surge impacts blood supplies

After a reported rise in dengue fever cases early in the year, numbers have started to climb again, with children under 15yo most affected. The surge has led to increased demand on blood products used to treat the more severe infections. Read more. And in Mexico, dengue infections have trebled this year compared to 2018 and resulting deaths have increased two-fold, leading to the declaration of a national health emergency. Five states are carrying the highest burden of infections - Veracruz, Jalisco, Chiapas, Oaxaca and Quintana Roo.

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.