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Ramadan 2018

Reviewed: 21 May 2018, 15:40 NZST

Ramadan, the Islamic holy month, will be observed from approximately 15 May to 14 June 2018. The exact timing will depend on sightings of the moon which will vary from country to country.For Muslims this is a time of prayer and fasting, in which Muslims refrain from eating, drinking or smoking, between dawn and sunset. New Zealanders are advised to respect the religious and social traditions of the country they are in to avoid offending...read more

Hawaii: Kilauea Volcano

Reviewed: 21 May 2018, 15:35 NZST

The USGS Volcano Hazards Program have an issued a volcano alert level warning for Kilauea Volcano on Hawai’i Island (also known as Big Island) due to a volcanic eruption, producing lava and hazardous gases. Hawaii County Civil Defense have evacuation orders in place for areas of the East Rift Zone of the volcano, and have blocked off access to specific areas of the Volcanoes National Park including some major roads. Earthquakes have b...read more

Nicaragua: Civil Unrest

Reviewed: 21 May 2018, 15:30 NZST

During mid to late April 2018 violent protests occured throughout Nicaragua, particularly in Managua, Masaya, Leon and Esteli. Street violence involved tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition, resulting in many serious injuries and at least 10 fatalities. Some Government buildings were damaged, and troops were deployed in several cities. Various marches and demonstrations have continued in May 2018, and there is potential...read more

Vanuatu: Ambae Island Volcano

Reviewed: 21 May 2018, 15:25 NZST

The Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-hazards Department has assessed the Volcanic Alert Level as Level 3 (out of 5) for the Manaro Voui volcano on Ambae Island which is in a minor eruption state.   New Zealanders in Vanuatu are advised to follow the advice of the local authorities, including the evacuation order. In the event of volcanic ash clouds, New Zealanders travelling to/from Vanuatu are advised to confirm their trave...read more

Dengue Fever outbreak

Reviewed: 21 May 2018, 15:20 NZST

People travelling to the Pacific should take extra steps to avoid mosquito bites following an outbreak of dengue fever. Outbreaks of mosquito-borne illnesses are common in the tropical and sub-tropical climates in most Pacific Islands, in North Queensland (Australia), Asia (including India), Africa and Central/South America. Dengue fever is spread by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito and cannot be spread directly from person to person. ...read more

Fiji - Meningococcal outbreak

Reviewed: 21 May 2018, 15:15 NZST

The Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical Services has issued a public notice advising of an outbreak of meningococcal disease in Fiji. Though the risk for travellers to Fiji is low, people staying in local communities or for longer periods of time should be vigilant and aware of the symptoms of meningitis following an outbreak of meningococcal disease.Meningococcal disease is a bacterial infection that causes two very serious illnesses: meningit...read more

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