Via New Zealand Doctor Online: Dengue fever warning for Pacific islands. Excerpt:
Travellers to the Pacific are being warned to cover up and wear insect repellent to avoid catching dengue fever.
Avoiding mosquito bites is the only way to prevent infection with the dengue virus, which is causing outbreaks across the Pacific.
Affected areas include Fiji, French Polynesia, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, the Cook Islands, and Queensland, Australia, according to the Auckland Regional Public Health Service.
As a result of the outbreaks, Auckland is seeing more dengue fever than ever before, with 35 cases so far this year, 24 of them from Fiji alone, where there have been more than 10,000 cases and 11 deaths since October.
"Dengue fever can be a severe illness," Auckland medical officer of health Simon Baker says in a press release.
"Those who travel to the Pacific frequently are at risk of repeat infections with different strains of the dengue virus. This can lead to dengue haemorrhagic fever, which can be fatal. This is heightened by the fact that, for the first time in 20 years, the dengue 3 strain is active in the region."