Auckland Regional Public Health Service
Advice for people planning to travel to
Further to our advice of 30 January 2013,
Auckland Regional Public Health Service has continued to receive
higher than normal number of notified cases of typhoid fever
(Salmonella typhi) and other complex enteric diseases (such as
Shigellosis, Hepatitis A, and other Salmonellosis). Many of these
people have been from the Samoan community and have had either:
- recent travel to Samoa,
- houseguests from Samoa, or
- consumption of fresh foods privately imported from Samoa.
These infectious notifiable diseases are
spread via the faecal-oral route, often through contaminated water
or foods. As the peak travel season approaches, we are expecting an
increase in the number of notifications.
Clinicians within the Auckland region are
- Promote appropriate hand and food hygiene in people that plan
to travel to Samoa, have houseguests from Samoa, and with the
Samoan population of Auckland in general. Information in both
English and Samoan is available from our website at the link
- Promote/provide pre-travel immunisation for Typhoid and
- Be vigilant for these illnesses in people who have travelled to
the Pacific or Asia in the last two months, or who have been in
contact with others who have. Remember to notify ARPHS on 09 623
4600 if you suspect any of these conditions.
Thorough hand washing and drying is
essential to help contain the spread of these conditions.
The Auckland Regional Public Health
Service is responsible for investigating the source of the illness,
contact tracing and exclusion of contacts from high risk settings,
and taking steps to prevent further spread.
For more information
ARPHS Factsheets and Hand Hygiene
MFAT SafeTravel website- useful advice for