Call for an instant quote
0345 90 80 161
Open Mon to Fri 09:00 - 17:30 | Sat 09:00 - 16:00 (GMT)
18 August 2011 09:40
Tourists have been warned of a measles outbreak in New Zealand
A new measles outbreak in New Zealand has come as a major worry for British backpackers planning to spend their holidays in the island country.
The contagion has already infected more than 120 people in the upper North Island and is spreading to more areas, according to authorities.
Tourists are better advised to grab a comprehensive
medical travel insurance deal before heading off to the country.
Auckland, where the outbreak was reported first, has 109 confirmed cases so far, whereas 20 cases have been reported from Waikato. Taupo and Northland are also listed among the affected areas.
Of the 20 instances reported from Waikato, 19 had not been immunised and one had received only one of the recommended two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, according to Medical Officer of Health Dr Anita Bell.
Dr Bell said: "This is a testament to the effectiveness of the MMR vaccine in protecting people who are fully immunised.
"Immunisation is the only protection from this potentially serious disease. Immunisation protects not only the individual, but also blocks the spread of this disease within our communities.''
Those who have symptoms of measles including fever, cough, blocked nose and sore red eyes have been advised to immediately contact their doctor or Healthline on 0800 611 116.
29 September 2016
Tour operator Thomas Cook says its earnings are still being impacted by recent terror attacks.
28 September 2016
The English tourism industry is predicted to grow faster than the overall economy every year for the next decade, according to new research.
27 September 2016
Monarch Airlines says its flights are operating as normal amid fears the firm is in financial trouble.
24 September 2016
Slim people who look physically healthy may still be at increased chance of being diagnosed with bowel cancer if they have raised insulin levels, according new research.
23 September 2016
Theresa May is being urged to give the go-ahead for flights to resume between the UK and Sharm el-Sheikh by the head of the cross-party parliamentary group on Egypt.
22 September 2016
Budget airline Jet2.com is to open its first base in the south of England at Stansted.
21 September 2016
Smoking rates have dropped to the lowest level on record in England, new figures show, suggesting messages about the health effects of cigarettes are hitting home.
20 September 2016
Concerns have been raised over flight disruptions caused by heavy drinking among passengers.
17 September 2016
British Airways' decision to launch direct flights from London to Tehran earlier this month positions Iran as one of the hottest destinations to visit in 2017, according to experts.
16 September 2016
More than 100 flights have been cancelled as French air traffic controllers go on strike again.
15 September 2016
Two thirds of MPs would support an expansion at Heathrow.
14 September 2016
TripAdvisor is launching a new homepage, making the booking of holiday activities and tours even easier.