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Central tops dengue cases

December 31
09:47 2013

By AQELA SUSU

From December 1 to 26, there have been 209 laboratory confirmed cases of dengue fever in the Central Division, the Ministry of Health has confirmed.
The ministry’s media liaison officer, Evlyn Mani, said the highest cases of dengue fever were coming from children and adults between the age groups of 10 to 40 years living around the affected areas in Suva.
“The most affected localities in Suva are largely high risk zones in the Makoi Health area, Valelevu Health area, Samabula Health area and Raiwaqa Health area,” Ms Mani said.
She said the health teams within the Central Division have been mobilised to step up dengue response measures which include clinical intervention as well as public health measures.
“The Central Division is undergoing a massive clean-up campaign within municipal council areas and rural local authority areas to reduce potential mosquito breeding sites. There is also peri-focal and space spraying being conducted in high risk areas to kill mosquitoes.”
Areas that have already undergone mosquito spraying are Vatuwaqa, Samabula, Nabua, Laucala Beach, Domain, Grantham Road, Tacirua East, Khalsa Road, Sacoka, Wailoku, Tamavua, Princess Road and Mead Road in Nabua.
She said apart from the spraying of mosquitoes by health officials the public could also help in destroying all mosquito breeding places around their compound.

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