New Zealand High Commission Port Vila, Vanuatu

Dengue Fever Outbreak

Vanuatu is currently experiencing a dengue fever outbreak. Residents and visitors should take protective measures against mosquito bites.

The Vanuatu Ministry of Health is advising people to avoid being bitten by using mosquito repellents, and to sleep under mosquito nets or in lodgings where screens are on doors and windows.

The main symptoms of dengue include fever, headache, muscle and joint pains. In severe cases symptoms may include bleeding.

Health authorities say Vanuatu has limited capacity to treat cases, and efforts are concentrated on prevention and awareness.

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

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