Health and Safety Fiji Islands
Le humid tropical climate causes some inconvenience to Fiji, in particular linked to the presence of dengue (increasing in the western, northern and central areas of the country), chikungunya and Zika virus. It is therefore necessary to protect oneself effectively against mosquitoes, including the day, the vector species of these diseases being diurnal. In case of fever, consult a doctor promptly.
Those who plan to hike in the villages of the interior of Viti Levu, with very simple and sometimes degraded living conditions, will make sure to have enoughpotable water and to wash your hands well, cases of typhoid (possible vaccination) and leptospirosis are regularly reported.
Another rule to observe: do not walk barefoot in risk areas and do not consume food that could have been washed with contaminated water.
Overall, prefer bottled water.
During the cyclone season (from November to deep, especially carnivores (grouper, barracuda, trevally ...), which can be infected by ciguatera, a disease caused by the presence in their organism of toxic algae. If the symptoms are very diverse ( gastric disorders, dehydration, pruritus ...), some are edifying: the sense of touch is affected, to the point where it becomes impossible to distinguish hot and cold, heavy and light objects!
The Fijian health system varies greatly in quality depending on where you are. If it is easy to seek treatment in Viti Levu, this is already less the case on the other large islands (hospitals in Vanua Levu, Kadavu, Taveuni and Levuka). Elsewhere, it will be necessary to rely on dispensaries and think of returning as soon as possible ...
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Fijians are very welcoming by nature. However, we should not believe in the earthly paradise found!
Thefts and burglaries are not uncommon, including in hotel rooms (especially the less expensive, unsupervised). Attacks by drunk people sometimes also occur in the evening or at night in town; avoid going out too much after dusk or go with several people.
Finally, let us point out regular cases of rape in tourist areas west of Viti Levu.
From November to April, it is the cyclone season in the South Pacific. In the event of a hurricane episode, the Quai d'Orsay recommends complying with the instructions of local authorities and / or staff of hotels and holiday villages.