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Ministry Declares End To Outbreak

Ministry Declares End To Outbreak
June 14
10:00 2018


There has been a decrease in the number of dengue fever cases recorded nationally in the past six weeks.

The number of cases in all divi­sions is now at levels expected for this time of the year and, there­fore, the ministry has announced the end of the outbreaks declared earlier this year in Macuata, Nadi, Ba, and Suva.

From January 1 to May 31, 2018, there were 3437 confirmed cases of dengue fever recorded in Fiji.

The ministry recorded four deaths from dengue during this period.

Of the total confirmed dengue cases recorded, 1242 were from the Northern Division, 1315 from the Western Division, 865 from the Central Division and 15 cases of dengue were recorded from the Eastern Division.

At the peak of the outbreak, an average of 236 cases were recorded nationally per week.

In the last four weeks there have been an average of 59 cases per week, which is within the expected range of cases for this time of the year.

The ministry acknowledged and thanked the general public for the tremendous effort and support in the fight against dengue fever and urged everyone to remain active in protecting themselves and their families against dengue fever.

However, even though Fiji is now in the dengue low season, anyone can still get dengue fever because it is an endemic disease here.

The ministry urged the public to be prepared because the dengue high season begins again with the rainy season in October.

Therefore, everyone must con­tinue to prevent being bitten by mosquitos and get rid of mosquito breeding places on at least a week­ly basis.

The ministry continues to work closely with its stakeholders, in­cluding municipal councils, in its effort to control the spread of den­gue fever by reducing mosquito-breeding places.

And, with its development part­ners, the ministry is investing in new technologies such as Wol­bachia with the World Mosquito Program, which is rolling out in the Central Division.

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– Dengue mosquitoes breed around human dwellings and in manmade receptacles that collect stagnant water such as flower pots, flower pot plates, roof gutters, tins, cans, unused tyres, coconut shells, air conditioning trays (as water collects there), blocked drains and drums;

– It is important to cover water stored in drums and other water containing units. Any gardening tools such as watering cans and wheel barrows should be overturned or left empty. Parents are encouraged to ensure that their child’s outdoor toys do not contain stagnant water;

– The Health Ministry reiterates that by following simple clean-up routines, dengue mosquito breeding places can be destroyed;

– Using mosquito repellents, safe mosquito coils and mosquito nets will provide much-needed protection against dengue mosquitoes, especially during the day and at dusk when they are most likely to bite. Furthermore, it is advisable to keep hydrated by increasing water intake.

– It is also very important to also know the signs and symptoms of dengue fever; and

– People are urged to present themselves early at your nearest health facilities if you suspect dengue fever.

– For more information, visit the Your Health section on the Ministry of Health and Medical Services website:

Source: MINISTRY OF HEALTH and Medical Services

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