Dengue in Samoa
15 Nov 2017
On 2 November 2017 the Samoan Ministry of Health reported via media an outbreak of dengue (type 2). Case numbers are said to be small but precautions are advised.
Advice for Travellers
The best way to avoid infection is to prevent mosquito bites. As the transmitting mosquitoes bite from dawn until dusk, long clothing should be worn and repellents should be used all day.
See also information about Insect Bite Avoidance.
Medical attention must be sought for any feverish illness experienced whilst travelling or on your return home.
There is no vaccine against dengue fever for travellers.
A vaccine for use in people living in dengue affected countries aged between 9 – 45 years is available in Costa Rica, Brazil, Mexico and the Phillippines.
For further information see Dengue Fever.