Fight the Bite: Campaign to fight mosquito-borne diseases
Bugs like mosquitoes, ticks and tsetse flies in other countries can give you diseases when they bite. So fight the bite – day and night.
New Zealand’s mosquitos don’t spread dengue or other viral diseases such as malaria, yellow fever and Zika.
There have been previous outbreaks of dengue in parts of the Pacific and also increasing cases of dengue in travellers returning to NZ from the Pacific.
“There is a very real risk to people travelling to countries with tropical climates. This campaign highlights to people travelling overseas that mosquito bites can cause serious diseases, such as dengue. These diseases can make you or your loved ones very sick,” said Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay.
Prevent being bitten to help avoid mosquito-borne diseases.
- Get tips for preventing being bitten by bugs when travelling (Ministry of Health).
- Find out more about dengue fever, including symptoms and treatment – available in Samoan, Tongan and Fijian languages.
- Get detailed information on current health risks overseas, including diseases that are carried by insects (Safe Travel).
Source: Ministry of Health website.Published on Saturday, March 17th, 2018, under Uncategorised