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Dengue risk minimal in tourism areas

Visitors to Fiji are being assured by the health authorities that there is minimal risk to visitors from an outbreak of dengue fever in certain parts of the country. While
19 Feb 2014 09:19

Visitors to Fiji are being assured by the health authorities that there is minimal risk to visitors from an outbreak of dengue fever in certain parts of the country.
While 2589 Fijians have so far tested positive to the mosquito-borne disease, no international visitor is among the confirmed cases.  On the Coral Coast where several major resorts are situated – the 30 people diagnosed with dengue fever are locals who contracted the disease elsewhere in Fiji.
While there are 255 suspected cases around Nadi Town, none of them are from the main resort island of Denarau.
No outbreak has been reported on Denarau itself, where health authorities are working with resort operators on prevention measures.  By far the most number of cases – 1635 – are in the Central Division around the capital, Suva.
Foreign visitors, like the locals, are advised to take the usual precautions, including the use of mosquito repellent and the lighting of coils and pads.
An intense public health campaign is underway in the affected areas urging Fijians to empty any containers carrying water in which the disease-carrying mosquitoes can breed.
The Ministry of Health has set up a special task force to deal with the outbreak, in conjunction with international health agencies, and has deployed extra resources to hospitals and health clinics to attend to those affected.
Local councils have been spraying cities and towns with insecticide and special teams are also being deployed to deal with the outbreak in rural areas.
Dengue fever is characterised by a high fever, headaches and sore joints.
– MINFO NEWS


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