Lepto uptick after rains

Following an annual trend, the end of the rainy season has brought with it an alert on rising leptospirosis infections and advice from health authorities on preventive measures for people in contact with contaminated freshwater sources. At least half of weekly cases reported since March have been in Tahiti. Also, New Caledonia’s leptospirosis case count has climbed again, with the total now at 186 cases and three deaths since the beginning of the year (cf. 69 cases, four deaths in 2020) – highest rates have been registered in the central-east and in the communes of Hienghene and Kaala-Gomen in the north. 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.