South Pacific islands have declared dengue fever epidemic

Since the start of 2017, New Caledonia has reported 80 people infected with dengue fever, which brings the total from the beginning of December 2016 to 160 people. Vanuatu has also had an outbreak of dengue fever and health officials have called this an epidemic in the South Pacific islands.

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Advice For Travellers

The absence of reports from other areas does not mean that there is no dengue fever transmission there. The risk of exposure will vary from place to place and may be high in many localities.

All travellers to areas where the dengue fever virus is active can reduce their risk of exposure by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Many persons with dengue fever do not seek medical care and are not reported to health authorities. There may be many more cases in the community than the reports indicate.