Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Dengue Fever Cases are Increasing

U.S. citizens living in or traveling to Fiji, Kiribati, French Polynesia, Nauru, New Caledonia, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Wallis & Futuna are advised to take precautions against dengue fever.  An outbreak of dengue fever has been declared by the Ministry of Health in New Caledonia.  In Fiji, a total of 155 cases of dengue have been confirmed by the Ministry of Health since the first of the year, with the Western Division reporting the most cases to date.

Dengue is caused by any one of four related viruses transmitted by mosquitoes.  There is no vaccine to prevent infection, and the most effective protection against dengue is to avoid mosquito bites.  Further information about dengue can be found on the website of the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, www.cdc.gov.

For further information on travel in the Embassy Suva consular district:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the latest Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Suva, located at 158 Princes Road, Tamavua, Suva, Fiji, at +679 331 4466, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, or email the American Citizens Services unit at SuvaACS@state.gov.  After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +679 772 8049.
  • For emergencies involving American citizens, you can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).