Dengue Fever reported in Fiji

Travelled by Dan Roberts on 6 September 2008 | 0 Comments

Travelled By

Dan Roberts Dan Roberts

Dan Roberts is founder and Managing Editor at Travel Generation.Dan has spent the last 20 years working in the backpacking industry and travelling throughout the world including UK, France, Switzerland, Portugal, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. ...Find out more!

Dengue Fever reported in Fiji
Fiji will be on many backpackers route this southern hemisphere as the make their way to or from New Zealand or Australia.  But be warned - Fiji has confirmed an outbreak of dengue fever.

Dengue fever can be passed to humans via mosquito bites, with the effects usually appearing around a week after infection.  Effects of dengue fever include high fever, headaches, body aches, backaches and body rash.  There is no real cure except Panadol to relieve the pains and fluid.

One of the most important warnings is not to take Asprin as it thins the blood only accentuated the travel of the virus around the body.

At the time of writing this there seems to have been nine reported cases in the last fortnight and no deaths.  The most serious form of dengue can be fatal to humans.

Like the lack of cure, there is also no real vaccine.  We can only advise that you use insect repellent, a mosquito net for sleeping and cover up particularly in the early evening when mosquitos are at their most rampant.  Dengue fever is also prevalent in New Caledonia, Tonga, Kiribati and the Cook Islands.



Top Travel Generation Writers

  1. 01. Jan Ross Jan Ross
  2. 02. Inka  Piegsa-Quischotte Inka Piegsa-Quischotte
  3. 03. Jamie Bowlby-Whiting Jamie Bowlby-Whiting
    from a small village in rural England
  4. 04. Leah Bostwick Leah Bostwick
    from Detroit, Michigan, USA
  5. 05. Ann-Maureen Owens Ann-Maureen Owens

Top Travel Stories

  1. 01. Things You Should Know Before Traveling to China for the First Time Things You Should Know Before Traveling to China for the First Time
    by Amanda Williams
  2. 02. The Best Backpacker Movies The Best Backpacker Movies
    by Brucini
  3. 03. Otago Rail Trail: Lauder to Kokanga Otago Rail Trail: Lauder to Kokanga
    by Libby Woodard
  4. 04. New Zealand Travel Advice New Zealand Travel Advice
    by Jamie Bowlby-Whiting
  5. 05. Finding Someone To Go Backpacking With? Finding Someone To Go Backpacking With?
    by Brucini