Zika update for 2 states; Dengue delayed in Delhi

A local news report (since clarified) puts the confirmed Zika virus disease case count in Rajasthan at 154 and 127 in Madhya Pradesh, while local authorities are concentrating on mosquito control measures to ensure a re-emergence of Zika virus does not occur during the next peak season. NEW Delhi’s dengue season could be prolonged with some reports that cases could continue to emerge until the middle of next month. More than 800 cases have been recorded in the city this month.

Advice for travellers

Zika’s symptoms include a rash, pain in the joints, and the eye condition, conjunctivitis lasting 4-7 days. Long-term ill-effects are rare, although the joint pain may linger for weeks, even months. Like dengue and chikungunya, Zika is spread by Aedes mosquitoes which bite by day and are found in urban setting, including leafy gardens and outdoor restaurants – even in upmarket hotels and resorts. Transmission of Zika virus has also occurred during pregnancy, breastfeeding, sexually and also through blood or blood products. Travellers should take particular care to avoid being bitten just after sunrise and just before sunset, the main feeding time for Aedes mosquitoes. All travellers, but particularly pregnant women or those planning pregnancy, should seek medical advice before travel to Zika-affected areas. Read information on smartraveller (DFAT).  

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.