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24 Dengue Cases In Vanua Levu

Heavy rain during Tropical Cyclones Sarai and Tino led to the increase in dengue fever cases.
25 Jan 2020 13:23
24 Dengue Cases In Vanua Levu
A dengue fever chart.

Twenty-four dengue fever cases have been reported in the Northern Division after the passing of two cyclones.

This was confirmed by the Minister for Health and Medical Services, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete.

Heavy rain during Tropical Cyclones Sarai and Tino led to the increase in dengue fever cases.

The subsequent arrival of the two cyclones flooded low lying areas in some parts of the Northern Division, leaving communities vulnerable to the virus.

There were 10 dengue fever cases reported in Labasa after Tropical Cyclone Sarai.

On his instagram, Dr Waqinabete posted: “Our FEMAT teams are in the Southern Lau and work has been going on post TC Tino in the North.

A team has been going house to house conducting dengue awareness in Labasa.

Meanwhile, Special Administrator for Labasa and Savusavu Town Council, Ami Kohli has advised northerners to clean up their backyards and surroundings.

Mr Kohli said the town council has started cleaning areas to that attract mosquitoes.

“We have cleaned up Sarosaro Lane, there are no containers or tins left there that would store water to breed mosquitoes.

“We will be conducting an anti-dengue spraying campaign soon, especially around school areas,” Mr Kohli said.

“It is advisable to remove all stagnant water to avoid the breeding of mosquitoes that would spread dengue fever.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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