Dengue Fever is a viral disease which develops from mosquito bites during the day time. There is no treatment, only symptomatic relief. Symptoms include: High fever (40°C), severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pains, nausea, vomiting, swollen glands and a rash usually lasting for 2-7 days. WHO estimates 390 million cases of Dengue infections per year.
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Destination Information for Pitcairn Islands
Perhaps surprisingly for such a tiny settlement, there is a medical clinic and resident doctor on Pitcairn Island, but facilities here are understandably limited. With no access to the islands by air, the nearest medical facility for more serious illness or injury is in New Zealand or French Polynesia, a minimum of 4 days sailing time. Ensure that you have good travel insurance in place which will cover the cost of medical evacuation should this become necessary. Travel vaccines are recommended before travel so visit a travel clinic for the necessary treatment and advice. There have been reports of the presence of Dengue fever, take sensible steps to avoid being bitten by the daytime biting mosquitoes by using insect repellent between dusk and dawn.
Access to the Pitcairn Islands is by boat, which can be dangerous in extreme weather conditions. Make sure to plan the timing of your visit taking this into account.
Due to the remoteness of the Pitcairn Islands, getting there is extremely difficult. Flying is not possible and the nearest airport is 330 miles away in the Gambier Islands, from where you can catch a charter vessel. If you do manage to make the long and laborious journey, you can see the remains of the HMS Bounty, which was burned and sunk by its mutinous crew. Bounty Day is celebrated each year with a community dinner and the burning of a model ship.
Malaria and regions within country:
Malaria is not normally present in the Pitcairn Islands.