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Saudi Arabia: Hajj Pilgrimage 2024

Posted: 29 May 2024, 11:10 NZST

The Hajj is one of the world’s largest annual mass gatherings, is expected to occur between 14 June – 19 June 2024. 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 Medina and take a bus to more

Pacific Typhoon and Atlantic Hurricane Season

Reviewed: 29 May 2024, 10:12 NZST

Pacific Typhoons typically develop between May and October, and for the Atlantic Hurricane season between June and November each year. 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 more

New Caledonia: Ongoing Protests and Civil Unrest

Reviewed: 29 May 2024, 08:44 NZST

A number of locations in New Caledonia have experienced significant incidents of civil unrest and protest, some of which have been violent. These are particularly concentrated in the areas surrounding the city of Nouméa. We advise avoid non-essential travel in New Caledonia due to ongoing civil unrest (level 3 of 4). Local authorities have recommended that individuals stay in place and limit their movements wherever possible. more


Reviewed: 23 May 2024, 13:00 NZST

The Ministry of Health is strongly recommending all people travelling overseas (to any destination) are fully immunised against measles with two doses of MMR vaccine before they go. Current MMR Immunisation rates in New Zealand mean that a non-immune person infected with measles overseas may spread the disease to others within New Zealand on their return. We need at least 95% of people to be immunised to stop an outbreak. This also protects more

Outbreaks of Polio

Reviewed: 22 May 2024, 15:00 NZST

Polio is an infectious disease caused by a virus that can spread from person to person or through contaminated water or food. Many people who are infected don’t feel sick or have symptoms.  Some people have only minor symptoms such as fever, nausea, headache, nasal congestion, sore throat, cough, stiffness in the neck and back, and pain in the arms and legs.  A small proportion of those with symptoms develop paralysis. The more

Yellow Fever

Reviewed: 22 May 2024, 14:20 NZST

About yellow feverYellow fever (YF) is an acute viral haemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes. It is endemic in tropical areas of Africa (34 countries) and Latin America (13 countries). Vaccination is the most important and effective measure against YF providing effective immunity within 30 days for 99% of those vaccinated.The disease is spread by mosquitoes that bite mostly during the day. Yellow fever can cause a serious more

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