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Argentina and Panama: Hantavirus

Reviewed: 24 January 2019, 14:40 NZDT

Hantavirus is widespread in four regions in Argentina: North (Jujuy, Salta), Central (Buenos Aires, Santa Fe, and Entre Rios), Northeast (Misiones) and South (Rio Negro, Neuquen and Chubut). Earlier this year there was an outbreak of hantavirus in Epuyen (Chubut Province) in Southern Argentina. There is also a high number of hantavirus cases in the Los Santos Province of Panama. Hantavirus can be transmitted by contact with infected rodents. If ...read more

France: Protests

Reviewed: 3 December 2018, 10:40 NZDT

There are ongoing demonstrations in Paris and across France. Protests have turned violent and traffic has been disrupted across the country. We continue to advise New Zealanders in France to avoid all demonstrations, protests and rallies, follow any advice issued by the local authorities and monitor local media for developments. New Zealanders currently in or travelling to France are encouraged to register with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs an...read more

Travel Insurance

Reviewed: 6 November 2018, 08:25 NZDT

If you’re heading overseas, don’t forget to take out comprehensive travel insurance. Your policy should cover any activities you plan to undertake (from scuba diving to scooter riding), personal liability, medical treatment, emergency medical evacuation, and any pre-existing medical conditions. Even minor medical treatment can be very expensive overseas. If you suffer an injury overseas and return to New Zealand, ACC may be able to help...read more

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Ebola virus

Updated: 24 October 2018, 11:43 NZDT

On 1 August 2018, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Government confirmed an outbreak of the Ebola virus in North Kivu province, originating in Béni territory. On 24 September a case was also confirmed in Tchomia, a town on the Ugandan border approximately 200 kilometres north of the current hotspot of Beni. It has spread to Bunia, the second largest city in the DRC.  As of 24 March 2019, cases of Ebola in the DRC exceeded 1000. Curren...read more

Indonesia: 7.5 Earthquake

Reviewed: 8 October 2018, 12:35 NZDT

On 28 September 2018 a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. A tsunami later hit the coastal town of Palu and other parts of the Central Sulawesi province, sweeping houses and buildings on its way. At least 2,100 people have been confirmed dead and many are injured. We have upgraded our travel advisory level for Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. We now advise New Zealanders to avoid non-esse...read more

South America: Ayahuasca tea

Reviewed: 6 September 2018, 09:00 NZST

In some South American countries, especially Peru, Ecuador and Colombia, shamans and other individuals offer ‘spiritual cleansing’ rituals which involve serving Ayahuasca tea. This tea contains dimethyltryptamine (DMT), which is a hallucinogen. While not illegal, Ayahuasca tourism is not regulated and does present certain risks.   There have been reports of psychological damage, assault, theft and rape of people under the infl...read more

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