Disease uptick following cyclone

In the days since Severe Tropical Cyclone Harold hit, the government has confirmed cases of dengue fever, typhoid and leptospirosis - Viti Levu and Southern Lau and Kadavu islands were all badly affected by the storm. The cyclone’s path through the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Tonga, as well as Fiji, has caused widespread destruction and flooding. Read more

Advice for travellers

Leptospirosis is spread through the urine of infected animals, typically rats. The bacterium enters the body through the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, or mouth, as well as through broken skin. Outbreaks are typically associated with exposure to floodwaters, making leptospirosis a low risk for most travellers. Read more about leptospirosis.

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.