New Zealand High Commission Port Vila, Vanuatu

Dengue Fever threat over, Vanuatu Ministry of Health

The Dengue Fever outbreak is over.

The Ministry of Health in Vanuatu has advised that the recent threat of Dengue Fever is now over. The Ministry says there are a number of reasons why it considers the outbreak over.
1) Herd Immunity - a large population in Port Vila is now immune to this strain of virus so it is not easily transsmissible
2) The current dry season and cold temperature does not favor the breeding of mosquitoes aedes aegypti which transmit the virus
3) The virus is not endemic to Vanuatu and may disappear overtime if fewer cases occur.

The Vanuatu Ministry of Health is still advising people to take preventative measures to avoid being bitten, including by using mosquito repellents.

For New Zealand information on dengue fever see the health section on Safe Travel.

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