New Zealand High Commission Port Vila, Vanuatu
Dengue Fever Outbreak
Vanuatu's Ministry of Health has advised of a dengue fever outbreak. It is advising residents and visitors to take protective measures against mosquito bites.
The Ministry of Health has been advised of 618 reported cases of dengue fever since the outbreak began in January. Eight-five cases have been confirmed as dengue by rapid test.
The Ministry is advising residents and visitors to use 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.