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2 More Die As Dengue Cases Increase By 558 In 2 Weeks

2 More Die As Dengue Cases Increase By  558 In 2 Weeks
May 19
18:12 2017

Two more people have died from dengue and 558 cases were recorded in two weeks.

The death toll this year now stands at three with 1471 cases.

This was confirmed by National Adviser on Communicable Diseases, Dr Mike Kama. He said it was an increase of 558 cases in just over two weeks.

Altogether he said: “736 cases are from the Central Division, 553 cases are from the Western Division and 182 cases are from the Northern Division.

“The last update we gave was on May 1, 2017 where we had 913 cases.

“It implies that there is an almost 60 per cent increase from May 1 till now which is very concerning to the ministry,” Dr Kama said.

He said the numbers were low when compared to other outbreaks but there was a huge risk of it exploding.

“90 per cent of the registered cases have been treated while the ministry is working with the municipal councils on conducting awareness and clean-up campaigns around the country,” Dr Kama said.

An international news website named The Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that there is no vaccine or medicine currently available in the United States to prevent or treat dengue, which is transmitted to people through mosquito bites.

Travellers to Fiji have been asked to protect themselves against mosquito bites to avoid getting dengue.

If you feel sick and think you may have dengue:

Talk to your doctor or nurse if you feel seriously ill, especially if you have a fever.

Tell them about your travel.

For more information about medical care abroad, see getting health care abroad and a list of International Joint Commission-accredited facilities.

Use acetaminophen. Do not take pain relievers that contain aspirin and ibuprofen (Advil), it may lead to a greater tendency to bleed.

Get lots of rest, and drink plenty of liquids.

Avoid spreading the disease by preventing more mosquito bites.

 

Prevention for Dengue:

Cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats.

Use an appropriate insect repellent as directed – Always follow product directions and reapply as directed.

Use permethrin (medication and insecticide) treated clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks, and tents).

Stay and sleep in screened or air conditioned rooms.

Use a bed net if the area where you are sleeping is exposed to the outdoors.

 

If you are bitten by mosquitoes:

Avoid scratching mosquito bites.

Apply hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion to reduce itching.

 

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback:  ashna.kumar@fijisun.com.fj

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