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clinical cases 3556 confirmed lab tested dengue cases

Ministry of Health explains statistics on suspected cases and confirmed cases including number of fatilities in the dengue epidemic hitting Fiji. FARISHA AHMED suva A total of 9825 clinical (suspected)
10 Mar 2014 11:25

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Ministry of Health explains statistics on suspected cases and confirmed cases including number of fatilities in the dengue epidemic hitting Fiji.

FARISHA AHMED
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A total of 9825 clinical (suspected) cases of dengue has been identified by the Ministry of Health since October last year while 3556 are the confirmed laboratory test results.
On Friday, at a press conference, the national advisor on communicable diseases, Dr Mike Kama, clarified that the ministry would now be providing the statistics of suspected cases.
“We have provided two types of statistics: where one said 4600 and now we stating 3556. So the first one is suspected cases because any symptoms that looks like dengue is dengue,” Dr Kama said.
“The second figures are laboratory tested results which is conducted in order to determine if the person has dengue or not.
“So far there have been eight deaths of which six have been in the Central Division, one in Northern and one in the Western Division.
He said the Central Division still recorded the highest number of infection.
“Dengue does not spare any race, age or colour as it is a viral infection and can happen to anyone,” Dr Kama said.
“So far the youngest victim who has died is a two month-old baby while the oldest was a 70- year-old.”
The hot spots, he said, were Nausori, Valelevu, Makoi and Samabula in the Central Division and they were receiving cases from Viti Levu and Vanua Levu with seven cases reported from Kadavu.
Rewa Subdivisional Medical Officer, Dr Eliki Nanovu, said people did not realise the severity of the disease until one of the family members or they themselves got the disease and was admitted to hospital for treatment.
“People need to understand that they have a role to play because dengue concerns everyone,” Dr Nanovu said.
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