A spate of dengue fever outbreaks in the Pacific has sparked
a health warning for New Zealanders travelling there.
Holidaymakers were advised to take extra precautions to avoid
being being bitten by mosquitoes, Auckland Regional Public
Health Service (ARPHS) said.
It comes as 35 cases of dengue fever have been confirmed in
Auckland so far this year, it said, with 24 of those cases
originating from Fiji.
Fiji has recorded more than 10,000 cases of dengue fever,
with 11 deaths, since October.
The disease has also emerged in French Polynesia, Vanuatu and
Zika virus, which is similar to dengue, is widespread in
French Polynesia, with cases also found in New Caledonia and
the Cook Islands.
Another similar virus, chikungunya, has recently caused an
outbreak in Papua New Guinea.
Dengue fever symptoms begin with a high fever and severe
headache. Nausea and vomiting are common, as are joint and
There is no vaccine for dengue fever, Zika or chikungunya.
The only way to prevent infection was to avoid being bitten
by mosquitoes, ARPHS said.