It’s been 10 years since the region experienced a large outbreak of dengue fever (there have been extensive outbreaks of Zika virus and chikungunya in the interim however). Increased dengue case numbers in Latin America last year, the recent spike in cases in Jamaica and disease modelling undertaken by the Caribbean Public Health Agency triggered its announcement ‘that another regional outbreak of Dengue may occur in the near future’, and so regional countries must employ measures ‘to reduce mosquito breeding and prevent the spread of disease’. Read more
Advice for travellers
Dengue is spread by two types of Aedes mosquitoes. Both breed close to dwellings, are found in shady areas and bite mainly during the daylight hours, making them difficult to avoid. 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 PMD when outdoors to all exposed skin. Read more about dengue fever.
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.