Regional dengue round-up

The peninsular state of Selangor continues to report most dengue infections this year. While all regions are affected, only two provinces (Perlis and Terengganu) have registered fewer than 500 cases this year; the national YTD total now sits at 103,650 dengue cases. Across the region, most countries have reported a recent, slight decline in the number of new cases, however overall, infection rates have been higher than last year: Myanmar (highest rates in Kachin and Ayeryarwady), a particularly severe dengue season for Pakistan and Bangladesh and added reports from Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Cambodia and Laos. Read more

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.