Canadian health authorities have reported on a case of Mayaro virus, an emerging mosquito-borne virus that is present in northern South America, from a traveller who, among other activities, followed a typical tourist route through Puerto Maldonado in the Amazon jungle before returning to Canada in March. Read more. Mayaro virus is of the alphavirus family of viruses which includes chikungunya and Ross River virus. It presents very similar symptoms to dengue fever and chikungunya: fever, fatigue and joint pains. Read more about Mayaro virus.
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.