Typhoid Outbreak In New Zealand

If you want proof that vaccination against some diseases for certain destinations is important, you only have to look at the recent outbreak of Typhoid in Auckland, New Zealand. The outbreak was mainly confined to a small church community of pacific islanders with 22 confirmed cases, the majority of those infected requiring hospitalisation. The original contact is thought to have been from someone returning from a trip to the pacific islands.

Typhoid is a food and waterborne disease with a typical incubation period of 8-14 days and atypically up to 80 days. This means that an outbreak may emerge over the course of several weeks.

Australians love to holiday in the pacific islands, travelling to great locations such as Fiji and Vanuatu. Whilst vaccination against typhoid isn’t recommended for everyone, our medical staff will certainly consider it when looking at your itinerary.