Slow increase in dengue cases

From a health ministry update on the dengue fever outbreak first announced in late Feb last year, the slow trickle of new cases continues with 69 recorded in the six weeks to Mar 12. Raratonga has recorded most infections and at least one case in Aitutaki was said to be caused by a traveller from Raratonga.

Advice for travellers

Dengue is spread by Aedes mosquitoes which 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.