Public awareness drive for dengue, leptospirosis

A local news source is reporting high rates of dengue transmission in the Central and Northern Divisions, with a particular mention for Suva, Namosi Serua, Rewa, Naitasiri and Tailevu. A senior public health official advised there had been 3,300 dengue cases overall and also 1,000 leptospirosis cases ‘as of last month’. 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.