The first worldwide vacation spot New Zealanders might be allowed to fly to is struggling a dengue fever outbreak. Rarotonga has reported 48 confirmed and possible instances and 21 hospitalisations since its newest outbreak was declared on 2 February 2021.FLIGHT CENTRE/ProvidedThe Cook Islands is at the moment coping with an outbreak of dengue fever. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern mentioned final 12 months she anticipated a two-way quarantine bubble with the Cook Islands to be open by the top of March – simply over a month away. However, since then, there have been numerous neighborhood instances linked to the Pullman quarantine facility and the Valentine’s Day lockdown in Auckland. Now, Rarotonga is coping with an outbreak of a unique form. READ MORE:* Covid-19: Cook Islands cancel one other passenger flight from Auckland* Covid-19: Passengers on Cook Islands flight upbeat regardless of potential 14-day quarantine * Covid-19: Cook Islanders involved about impact of latest neighborhood case on journey bubble Dengue is a viral sickness handed on by contaminated mosquitoes. New Zealand’s Ministry of Health says, “the an infection, is often delicate however in uncommon instances it may be very severe.” Symptoms can embody a sudden fever, intense headache, fatigue, vomiting and joint ache – amongst others. A scenario report issued 19 February by the Cook Island’s Te Marae Ora (its Ministry of Health), confirmed a major spike of possible instances by way of February. Officials are actually working to make sure this newest outbreak would not balloon in numbers. Targeted spraying, together with hotspots like faculties, has already began. It’s hoped a two-week mass spraying can get underway this week after it was postponed by climate. The spraying takes place between 4am and 8am. Te Marae Ora says dengue is handed on by the “daytime chew of the aedes aegypti mosquito. They usually breed in standing water in and round houses.” It says individuals ought to keep away from mosquito bites in the course of the day, and put on long-sleeve clothes or put on mosquito repellent. Dengue is a threat in lots of elements of Asia and the Pacific Islands, and an outbreak was declared in Rarotonga final 12 months. The Cook Islands information says the outbreak was “declared over final November by well being officers after 380 possible or confirmed instances have been reported throughout the Cook Islands, together with six in Aitutaki and 5 in Pukapuka. ” In early February, Te Marae Ora mentioned, “a scholar who travelled again to Auckland just lately… examined constructive for dengue has been admitted to hospital in Auckland as a precaution, isolating the individual from others.” New Zealand’s Ministry of Health says, “You cannot catch dengue from one other individual. The mosquitoes that unfold dengue should not generally present in New Zealand.” Asked if the outbreak may influence timing of a bubble, a spokesperson for the Cook Islands Government mentioned in a press release, “At this stage – in all probability not. “This shouldn’t be the primary time the Cook Islands has had a dengue outbreak and so it has the mandatory expertise to handle this example.” The spokesperson was unable to supply any indication of timing for the bubble, saying “Cook Islands border and well being officers proceed to work at tempo on excellent points associated to quarantine free journey with the assist from colleagues in New Zealand. ” The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has been contacted for remark.