Dengue fever cases are on the rise and authorities are predicting a more severe season this year if no vector control measures are introduced. Recent surveys have detected a high Aedes aegypti mosquito population in parts of the capital, Dhaka. On a global level, the latest ECDC update, which covered data for the past four weeks, has Brazil reporting most new dengue cases (over 507,000 infections), followed by Peru (13,830 cases) and Vietnam (10,990 cases). Brazil also had highest rates of chikungunya infections in the same period. 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.