Good morning all! Important information…

Good morning all!

Important information for you to take notice of:

Dengue Fever is currently circulating in the Pacific region and countries including Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, the Cook Islands and Tonga which are reporting more cases than usual.

Recently, there are also confirmed cases of Zika virus in the Cook Islands and Easter Island.

The Health Department wishes to inform all residents traveling to these countries to take extra precautionary measures.

Dengue fever and Zika fever are serious viral diseases that spread to people by the bite of infected Aedes mosquitoes. Symptoms of both diseases include fever, mild to severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pains and sometimes a rash. There is no vaccine to protect against dengue fever and Zika fever. There have been no reported cases of dengue fever in Niue since 2012.

Travellers are advised where possible, to stay in hotels that are well screened or air conditioned, and if staying in premises that are not well screened to use mosquito bed nets to prevent mosquito bites, and when outdoors to use insect
repellent on uncovered skin.

If any returning residents or visitors from these countries feel unwell after arriving on Niue or have the mentioned symptoms please go to Niue Foou Hospital and see a doctor immediately.

The Health Department will continue to monitor the dengue and Zika fever situation in the region and take appropriate measures.

For more information contact the Health Department on phone 4100 or email: Director.Health@mail.gov.nu.

Fakaaue lahi.