The dengue outbreak continues and is now into its second year, with at least 3,500 suspected cases registered so far. In other dengue news, the latest Cook Islands dengue update reveals an increase in cases reported in June, at least half of which were DENV-2. The outbreak of type 1 dengue was declared in February 2019. Read more
Advice for travellers
Dengue occurs both in urban and rural areas. The virus is spread by Aedes mosquitoes which 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.