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Dengue Fever

Reviewed: 26 May 2023, 13:03 NZST

Dengue Fever is a viral illness spread by infected mosquitoes. Dengue can make you very sick, and can be life threatening. There are four types of the virus that cause dengue fever – type 1, 2, 3, and 4. People can become immune to one type once they have been infected with it, but can still get sick from the other types of dengue if exposed because cross-protection immunity among the four dengue virus types is limited. Catching different more

Guam: Typhoon Mawar

Posted: 24 May 2023, 14:19 NZST

Typhoon Mawar is currently tracking towards Guam and is forecast to make landfall as a category 4 Typhoon from Wednesday 24th May (local time). Typhoon Mawar may bring heavy rain and strong winds of up 251km/hr. New Zealanders in Guam are advised to stay away from the affected areas as advised by local authorities, and to follow their advice including evacuation orders. Seek suitable shelter. Travellers staying in travel accommodation should more

Pacific Typhoon and Atlantic Hurricane Season

Reviewed: 24 May 2023, 08:34 NZST

Typhoons and hurricanes are currently affecting areas of Asia and the Americas. New Zealanders travelling to Asia and the Americas are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Travellers who register can be warned if a major storm approaches and given advice on precautions to take. If you are in an area affected by a typhoon or hurricane, you should follow the advice of the local more

Saudi Arabia: Hajj Pilgrimage 2023

Reviewed: 12 May 2023, 15:34 NZST

The Hajj is one of the world’s largest annual mass gatherings, and this year the season is expected to occur between  26 June – 01 July. Due to the vast numbers of attendees, who are generally in very close proximity, this event has previously been associated with unique public health risks. Approximately two million Muslims from more than 183 countries make Hajj each year to Saudi Arabia. Most international pilgrims fly into Jeddah or more

Sudan: Security Situation

Posted: 20 April 2023, 14:26 NZST

There are ongoing military clashes occurring in Khartoum and other parts of Sudan. We now advise do not travel to Sudan. We advise all New Zealanders in Sudan to remain indoors and shelter in place until further notice. There are reports that Khartoum International Airport is closed and that other airports in Sudan are closed to commercial flights. There may be disruptions to critical infrastructure and essential services. Monitor local media more

Equatorial Guinea and Tanzania: Outbreak of Marburg Virus Disease (MVD)

Posted: 17 April 2023, 10:49 NZST

The Governments of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and the United Republic of Tanzania declared their first outbreaks of Marburg virus disease (MVD), on 13 February 2023 and 21 March 2023, respectively. The virus is transmitted from fruit bats to humans. Human-to-human transmission is possible through contact with body fluids (such as blood, saliva, urine, vomit, or faeces) of an infected person and contaminated surfaces or materials (such as more

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