The Ministry of Health have sent a reminder urging travelers to the Pacific to avoid mosquito bites following the recent dengue fever death of a 12-year-old Auckland girl who was on holiday in Tonga.

There are outbreaks of dengue fever in the Pacific at the moment. An increased number of dengue cases have been recorded mainly in the Auckland region among travelers returning from the Pacific.

Dengue fever is a viral disease spread by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. Dengue fever cannot be spread from person to person.

Dengue fever symptoms can last from two to seven days and usually include; a sudden fever, an intense headache (especially behind the eyes), muscle and joint pain, feeling very tired, nausea/vomiting, a skin rash.

If you get these symptoms while you are travelling, you should seek medical advice, drink plenty of fluids and use paracetamol again fever and pain.

 

For more information and further updates go to the Ministry of Health website; www.health.govt.nz